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Death in a Tenured Position Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1982.

Death in a Tenured Position Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1982. by. Amanda Cross (Author). Book 6 of 14 in the Kate Fansler mysteries Series.

Death in a Tenured Position, winner of the Nero Award, is a mystery novel that is part of the Kate Fansler series written by Carolyn Gold Heilbrun under the pen name Amanda Cross. When Kate's friend and colleague, Janet Mandelbaun, is found dead after given tenure in the English department at Harvard University, Kate investigates the circumstances surrounding Janet's death. Through multiple twists and turns, Kate is able to find the shocking truth to what happened to Janet.

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The Washington Post Book World. Death in a Tenured Position. Sweet Death, Kind Death. No Word from Winifred. The Players Come Again. Amanda Cross writes wonderfully witty mysteries full of well-developed characters and insights on modern foibles. United Press International. For more than twenty-five years Amanda Cross has been blazing a trail for the rest of us to follow. deftly demonstrates Cross’s mastery of the nonviolent, literary puzzler. An Imperfect Spy. A Ballantine Book. Published by The Ballantine Publishing Group.

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Death in a tenured position. Cross, Amanda, 1926-2003. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Fansler, Kate (Fictitious character), Women private investigators. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by AltheaB on October 18, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

This book is a classic, both within the canon of feminist mystery writing and as a wicked roman a clef

This book is a classic, both within the canon of feminist mystery writing and as a wicked roman a clef. The late Carolyn Heilbrun's Kate Fansler series has some duds in it, but this book is outstanding, as are Sweet Death, Kind Death (one title) and No Word from Winifred. In addition to its other virtues, the book provides a sadly accurate picture of the fragmentation of the women's movement in the early 80's.

Published by The Ballantine Publishing Group: The theban mysteries. In the last analysis. The james joyce murder. The question of max.

Ballantine Books, 1981 - 196 sayfa. Amanda Cross is the pseudonymous author of the bestselling Kate Fansler mysteries. Death in a Tenured Position 6. cilt/A Kate Fansler Mystery Series, Amanda Cross Kate Fansler Novels. When Janet Mandelbaum is made the first woman professor at Harvard's English Department, the men are not happy. As Carolyn G. Heilbrun, she is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emerita at Columbia University.

Death in a Tenured Position - Amanda Cross. At a sedate and proper afternoon tea, someone slips a mickey into Janet's Campari and she's found by the police in a most compromising position drunk on the floor in the ladies room.

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In "Death in a Tenured Position," Amanda Cross (Carolyn G. Heilbrun) presents a literate mystery. Someone has left Harvard a million dollars to fund a chair in the English department for a female professor. At 1978 Harvard, the idea of women professors is still something to be viewed with, if not utter revulsion, at least significant apprehension. It is a time when "women's studies" is considered a fadish and unnecessary program. Harvard hires Janet Mandelbaum, who also disdains such things as "women's studies" and who aspires only to succeed based on merit. At the misogynistic Harvard, though, to succeed based on merit, one first must be a man. Janet thus finds herself ostracized. Soon, she finds herself drugged and left in the women's room in a compromising position.
Kate Fansler, a professor from New York, is asked to help out Janet, and Kate agrees, securing a position as a Fellow and beginning to consider the attempt to discredit Janet. Before long, though, Janet is found dead, and the police arrest someone Kate believes is innocent. Kate then turns to an unethical lawyer to help her friend while she investigates the death.
As a real-world mystery, "Death in a Tenured Position" is rather a disaster. The lawyer hired to defend the police's main suspect seems not to care at all about his client and goes to great lengths to please Kate while harming the client. What is more important, though, is that one of the characters had to have known the solution to the mystery long before the denouement and should have explained it. In short, the mystery doesn't make sense, and it doesn't work in any real sense. The mystery, however, does involve some wonderful use of English poetry and prose, complete with allusions that make it all seem obvious, albeit only after the fact.
But there is more to the novel than the mystery, and it is there that Cross succeeds admirably. In a field that is, nearly twenty years later, marked by increasing percentages of bad writing, "Death in a Tenured Position" is a remarkably well-written novel. Cross writes almost melodically, and her characters take on personalities merely by their word choice. To read a character correcting himself for saying "rather extreme," for example, is a pleasure. More to the point, though, the indictment of Harvard, which seems to be one of those all-too-frequent oxymora, the institute of higher learning mired in a pre-Elizabethan view of women, is unmitigated, unqualified, and unrepentant.
It's a really fun read, highly recommended. Feminism, Harvard-critical, lots of old Cambridge haunts!
Enjoyable mystery although sometimes hard to keep all the story tied to the plot. Helps to have an interest in literature as there are lots of quotes and references to various writers.
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Not really much of a mystery story, more of a political screed about the lack of female professors in Ivy League Universities in the late 1970's, when the book was written. I'm not saying that it wasn't a legitimate issue, just that I didn't really enjoy reading about it. It didn't help the novel that all the characters, including the 'hero' Kate Fansler, were pretty unsympathetic; you know the kind: never left the Washington/New York/Boston corridor, never had a job outside academia or government, and sure look down on everyone not part of their bubble.
Generally speaking, there are two sorts of mystery novels. One gives most of its attention to the complexities of the crime and the ingenuity of its solution. The other gives much more space to development of the characters and commentary on the setting. (Ideally -- in my opinion -- the perfect mystery, like those of Sue Grafton, gives nearly equal weight to both sides of the story.) "Amanda Cross" is the nom de plume of Dr. Carolyn G. Heilbrun, who, like her protagonist, Kate Fansler, is a university professor of English in New York. This time Kate is called to Cambridge to help Janet Mandelbaum, an old acquaintance (but not really a friend) who has been named the first tenured female professor of English at Harvard. As difficult as it may be to remember, this was a really big deal in 1978, as Harvard was almost the last hold-out among prestigious American universities to develop a coed faculty as well as admitting women to the student body. Kate's somewhat manipulative friend, Sylvia Farnum, is in the story, as is her own niece, Leighton, and her old semi-lover, the laid back Moon Mandelbaum (who was also married to the late Janet twenty years before). The plot all seems a bit disconnected, not to say haphazard, and the solution is a bit of a cop-out -- or maybe not, I haven't decided. But the author certainly does a job on Harvard! This isn't Amanda Cross's best work, but it's certainly worth reading.
In this Amanda Cross mystery, Kate Fansler is approached by a complete stranger, to help a former aquaintance out of a situation that she shouldn't need rescue from. The aquaintance ends up dead of cyanide poisoning, her former husband, who is also a former lover of Kate's is accused, and Kate is asked to solve the mystery.
The setting is Harvard University, where Kate's former friend is appointed as the first full professor in the English Department over the objections of the all-male faculty. Someone spikes her drink a department party and she ends up passed out in a bathtub with a local "sister" from a commune trying to revive her. Gossip flies about the campus. Another sister from the coffeehouse commune is sent to get Kate. Kate is more entranced by the dog than the sister, but still goes to Harvard to help.
I had only one question during the whole story--WHY?
Why does Kate go to a place she hates, to teach a class she doesn't want or need to, takes a leave from a job she loves, in a place where she is respected, to help a person from her past who she really doesn't give a damn about?
As usual, the book is well written, the characters are not as well developed or sympathetic as I would have liked, but I suppose in a temporary position Kate wouldn't have gotten to know everyone all that well either. Not bad, but not her best work.