Hannah M. Biggs is currently a PhD candidate in English at Rice University. She is also a Civic Humanist Fellow at the Humanities Research Center and a predoctoral fellow with Rice's Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences. Her dissertation, Regional, Agrarian Modernisms: Farming Fiction and Rural Modernity in 20th-century English and American Prose, explores the role of agrarian settings in both high modernist and popular modernist-era novels while detailing the complicated relationships between the farmer, Edwardian estate gentleman, and other humans with their farm animals. Hannah wrote the critical introduction to Irvin S. Cobb's The Abandoned Farmers (Hastings College Press), and her other work has (or will) appear in The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, Amerikastudien / American Studies, Middle West Review, among others. In her time at Rice, Hannah has also completed requirements for graduate certificates in Critical and Cultural Theory (3CT @ Rice) and Teaching and Learning (CTE @ Rice).
Rural and farm narrative, agrarianism, Midwestern regionalism, modernism, animal studies
M.A. English, Rice University
B.A.s, English Literary Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Otterbein University
Regional, Agrarian Modernisms: Farming Fiction and Rural Modernity in 20th-century English and American Prose