Carolyn Gold Heilbrun Critical Essays


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Carolyn G(old) Heilbrun 1926–

(Also writes under the pseudonym Amanda Cross) American novelist, critic, and biographer.

Heilbrun has a double identity as an author. She is a professor of English who examines feminist issues, often relating them to literature in her scholarly works and she is Amanda Cross, a creator of detective stories that also show her awareness of literary matters and sexual politics.

In her scholarly Towards a Recognition of Androgyny and Reinventing Womanhood, Heilbrun argues against sexual polarization, questions theories of criticism that she feels were influenced by cultural bias, and offers inspiration to women struggling for success in the modern world.

The action of her mystery novels is usually built around literature such as the seminar on Antigone featured in Theban Mysteries and the James Joyce correspondence of The James Joyce Murder. Kate Fansler, the amateur sleuth in these stories is a professor like Heilbrun herself.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 45-48 and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 1.)