Coverart for item
The Resource Ayn Rand and the Russian intelligentsia : the origins of an icon of the American right, Derek Offord, (electronic resource)

Ayn Rand and the Russian intelligentsia : the origins of an icon of the American right, Derek Offord, (electronic resource)

Label
Ayn Rand and the Russian intelligentsia : the origins of an icon of the American right
Title
Ayn Rand and the Russian intelligentsia
Title remainder
the origins of an icon of the American right
Statement of responsibility
Derek Offord
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This book examines the writings of the American novelist Ayn Rand, especially The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), which Rand considered her definitive statement about the need for an unregulated free market in which superior humans could fully realize themselves by living for no-one but themselves. It explores Rand's conception of American identity, which exalted individualism and capitalism, and her solution for saving the modern American nation, which she believed was losing the spirit of its 18th- and 19th-century founders and frontiersmen, having been degraded morally and economically by the rampant socialism of the mid-20th-century world. Derek Offord crucially goes on to analyse how Rand's writings functioned as a vehicle in which she, a Russian-Jewish writer born in St Petersburg in 1905, engaged with ideas that had long animated the Russian intelligentsia. Her conception of human nature and of a utopian community capable of satisfying its needs; her reversal of conventional valuations of self-sacrifice and selfishness; her division of humans into an extraordinary minority and the ordinary mass; her comparison of competing civilizations -- in all these areas, Offord argues that Rand drew on Russian debates and transposed them to a different context. Even the type of novel she writes, the novel of ideas, is informed by the polemical methods and habits of the Russian intelligentsia. The book concludes that her search for a brave new world continues to have topicality in the 21st-century, with its populist critiques of liberal democracies and acrimonious debates about countries' moral, social, and economic priorities and their identities, inequalities, and social tensions."--
Member of
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Offord, Derek
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • Bloomsbury eBooks.
  • Russian Shorts
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rand, Ayn
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature
  • American literature
Label
Ayn Rand and the Russian intelligentsia : the origins of an icon of the American right, Derek Offord, (electronic resource)
Link
https://eui.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350283978?locatt=label:secondary_bloomsburyCollections
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Ayn Rand and her Russian Background -- 2. Rand and the Russian Intellectual Tradition -- 3. Rand and Russian Literary Models -- 4. Ethical, Metaphysical, and Epistemological Questions -- 5. Politics and Economics -- 6. Geopolitics -- Conclusion -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Control code
9781350283978
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (144 pages)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781350283954
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
10.5040/9781350283978
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1295022149
Label
Ayn Rand and the Russian intelligentsia : the origins of an icon of the American right, Derek Offord, (electronic resource)
Link
https://eui.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350283978?locatt=label:secondary_bloomsburyCollections
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Ayn Rand and her Russian Background -- 2. Rand and the Russian Intellectual Tradition -- 3. Rand and Russian Literary Models -- 4. Ethical, Metaphysical, and Epistemological Questions -- 5. Politics and Economics -- 6. Geopolitics -- Conclusion -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Control code
9781350283978
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (144 pages)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781350283954
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
10.5040/9781350283978
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1295022149

Library Locations

    • Badia FiesolanaBorrow it
      Via dei Roccettini 9, San Domenico di Fiesole, 50014, IT
      43.803074 11.283055