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Carolyn Heilbrun

Carolyn Heilbrun (1926-2003)
PhD 1959, Faculty 1960-92

A former Columbia professor, Heilburn's long list of scholarly works includes Toward a Recognition of Androgyny (1973), Reinventing Womanhood (1979), and Writing a Woman's Life (1988). She coedited The Representation of Women in Fiction (1983), and some of her feminist literary essays were published in Hamlet's Mother and Other Women (1990). Heilbrun was the first woman to get tenure in the English department. Her academic specialty was British modern literature, with a particular interest in the Bloomsbury group. She was also the author of twelve Kate Fansler mysteries, written under the pseudonym Amanda Cross. She pioneered the field of women's biography and autobiography.

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