Added: August 1, 2015 – Last updated: August 1, 2015


Author: Susan Love Brown

Title: Ayn Rand and Rape

Subtitle: -

Journal: The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies

Volume: 15

Issue: 1

Year: July 2015

Pages: 3-22

ISSN: 1526-1018 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2169-7132 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Representations: Literature / Ayn Rand


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Author: Susan L. Brown, Department of Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University

Abstract: »The first sexual encounter between Dominique Francon and Howard Roark in The Fountainhead is known as the “rape scene.” From the time of the novel's publication, some readers have found a contradiction between Rand's views on freedom and the violence within the novel. The ambiguity arises from the way in which the scenes leading up to the event are constructed, the sadomasochistic context of the novel, and Rand's views of gender and romantic relationships. Although Rand repeatedly denied that any rape occurred, this article concludes that a rape did occur and that Rand fully intended it to be so.« (Source: Journal of Ayn Rand Studies)


  Abstract (p. 3)
  Rand, Defense and Offense (p. 4)
  Anatomy of Rape (p. 11)
  Why Rape Is a Reality in The Fountainhead (p. 16)
  Notes (p. 20)
  References (p. 21)

Wikipedia: Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead