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Maureen D Corrigan


Lecturer and Critic in Residence


Department of English
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Fall 2014: T 10:00-10:50 / T & Th 2:00 to 3:00


Maureen Corrigan is Critic in Residence and a Lecturer in the Department of English. She is an expert in 19th century British Literature; Women's Literature (special focus on autobiography);
Detective Fiction; and Contemporary Literature and the history of popular American criticism.

She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Fordham University.

For the past 23 years, Corrigan has been the book critic on the Peabody Award-winning NPR program, "Fresh Air." She is also a Mystery Columnist for The Washington Post and publishes regularly on NPR on-line. Other reviews and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Newsday, The New York Observer, The Village Voice, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Corrigan is currently writing a book about the enduring greatness of The Great Gatsby, to be published by Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown. Publications include: Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books (Random House, 2005), "David Copperfield" in The Book that Changed My Life (Gotham Books, 2006). She was Associate Editor (with Robin Winks) and Contributor to Mystery & Suspense Fiction (2 vols., Scribner, 1999) which won an Edgar Award for Criticism from The Mystery Writers of America.

Corrigan served as a Judge for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. She serves on the Usage Panel of The New American Heritage Dictionary and as an Advisor to the National Endowment of the Arts' "Big Read" Project. She has served as judge and chair for the LA Times Book Award (mystery and suspense division).


  • Ph.D. () University of Pennsylvania ,
  • M.A. () University of Pennsylvania,
  • B.A. () Fordham University,