Roya Biggie / Assistant Professor

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Roya Biggie earned her Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center, her M.A. from Georgetown University, and her B.A. from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. Her book manuscript, Ecologies of the Passions in Early Modern English Tragedies, explores how experiences of suffering and grief draw bodies into intimate ecologies, characterized by human and nonhuman vitality and vulnerability. Her article, “How To Do Things With Organs: Moving Parts in The Duchess of Malfi” is forthcoming in Early Theatre (December 2018), and her chapter on the pedagogical potential of the early modern beetle will appear in the collection Lesser Living Creatures of the Renaissance (Penn State UP, 2019). Prior to joining the faculty at Knox, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grinnell College and the College of the Holy Cross. Her teaching interests include Shakespeare, early modern drama and science, contemporary global Anglophone drama, ecocriticism, and affect theory.  

Office: Old Main 308
Knox College
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FP: Creating Monsters
Environmental Literature, Film & Art
Introduction to Shakespeare
Literature & Power: Literature & Medicine
English Literature: Clans to Colonization
Shakespeare: Tragedies & Romances
Shakespeare: Histories & Comedies  
Renaissance Literature & Culture