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Ann Higgins

Ann Higgins, Visiting Lecturer

Office: Parenzo 011

Ann Higgins’ research focuses on the Middle English romances of fourteenth century England, but her interests include  medieval and Renaissance British literature as well as the literature and culture of ancient  Greece and Rome.  She currently  teaches survey courses in both British and World Literature, and enjoys sharing some of her favorite literature  with her students.

  • Ph. D. in  English Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2006.
  • M. A. in English Literature,  University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2001.
  • B. A. in English and Latin, University College Dublin (National University of Ireland), 1974.
Courses Taught:
  • English 101 Composition I
  • English 102 Composition  II
  • English 210 British Literature to 1603
  • English 211 British Literature 1603-1780
  • English 221 World Literature to 1750
  • “Love in the Middle English Sir Orfeo: Ovid’s Orpheus Transformed.”  Salzburg Studies in English Literature and Culture: Special Issue on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Heidelberg, 2009).
  • “Horatian Echoes in Robert Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid.”  New England Classical Journal 31.1 (February 2004): 5-15.
  • Review of Ovid’s Art and the Wife of Bath (Marilynn Desmond). Bryn Mawr Classical Review August 29, 2007  <>
  • Review of Making a Living in the Middle Ages (Christopher Dyer).  Kritikon Litterarum 32 (2005): 58-65.
  • Review of The Book of the Heart (Eric Jager).  Kritikon Litterarum 29 (2002): 61-64.
Recent Conference Presentations
  • “Virgil’s Aeneid: A Lesson in Right Reading.”  107th Annual Meeting, Classical Association of New England. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.  March, 2013.
  • “Tristrem the Trewe”: Reimagining Tristan and Isolde as a Married Couple in the Middle English Sir Tristrem.”  47th Congress on Medieval Studies.  Kalamazoo, Michigan. May, 2012.
  • “From Romance to Saga and back again: Norwegian Echoes in the Middle English Sir Tristrem.” 46th  Congress on Medieval Studies.  Kalamazoo, Michigan. May, 2011.
  • “From Treasured Text to Binder’s Scrap: the Fragmentary Survival of Medieval Literature.” The New Chaucer Society: 16th International Congress.   Siena, Italy.  July, 2010.
  • “The North English Identity of the Auchinleck Manuscript.”LOMERS Conference: Studies in the Auchinleck Manuscript.  University of London.  June, 2008