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CoryAnne Harrigan

Professor of English
CoryAnne Harrigan contributes her expertise in classical and early modern literature and her strong interest in linguistics and the structure of language to the English Department’s course offerings.


CoryAnne Harrigan teaches courses on British and western literature with a special focus on authors such as Chaucer, Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare. She serves as the faculty sponsor of Simpson PRIDE, the LGBTQIA student organization, and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Her current research focuses on international film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays.


  • British literature
  • Epic poetry
  • Linguistics


  • Exemplary Teaching Award, Simpson College, 2016
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, Simpson College, 2014
  • Faculty Leadership Award, Simpson College, 2011


  • Ph.D. in British Literature, Purdue University, 2001
  • M.A. in English Literature, Purdue University, 1995
  • B.A. in English, Mary Washington College, 1991


  • “Girdle Your Loins: Sexuality and Civil Strife in the Thebaid and The Faerie Queene,” Proceedings of the 25th Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature. In press.
  • “The Film’s the Thing: How Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well Helps Us Read Hamlet,” Proceedings of the 24th Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature, September 2016.
  • Annotations for Publius Papinius Statius’ Thebaid, or Seven Against Thebes. Trans. Charles Stanley Ross. Johns Hopkins Press, 2004.