About

Anne T. Higgins

Associate Professor (Retired), Department of English, Simon Fraser University

Fellow, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (1990–1992)

Professor Higgins is trained in Medieval Studies and takes an interdisciplinary approach to works in early popular drama, from the guild plays through Shakespeare, Chaucer and his contemporaries, and medieval popular culture. She has published on questions of guild affiliation and dramatic responsibilities, and on the guild plays as part of the contestation for dominance in the new urban community after the Black Death. She has also published on medieval theories of time, The Legend of Good Women, Spenser’s appropriations of Chaucer, and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Completing a book about the guild drama as a cultural consequence of the plague in constituting a new urban community, she has begun the groundwork for a new study to be called Mary’s Body, a study of the obsession with Mary’s physical body in literature, art, and devotional works of the late Middle Ages.