Anna Teekell

Department of English

Anna Hays

Associate Professor

McMurran Hall 231
(757) 594-7951


  • Ph D in English and American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
  • M Phil in Anglo-Irish Literature, University of Dublin (Ireland)
  • BA in English and Creative Writing, Rhodes College


Twentieth-Century British & Irish Literature; Modernisms; Irish Literature & Culture; Literature of the First & Second World Wars; Postcolonial Literature & Theory; Detective Fiction; the Gothic


20th-21st Century British and Irish Literature


Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Teekell's academic career took her to Memphis, TN; Dublin, Ireland; St. Louis, MO; and Cumberland Gap, TN, before her arrival at CNU in 2015. Her first book, /Emergency Writing: Irish Literature, Neutrality and the Second World War/, was published by Northwestern University Press in May 2018, and she spent the fall semester of that year as a faculty associate at the University of Glasgow, leading CNU in Scotland. In 2020, she is mentoring Summer Scholar Zenith Nguon as part of creating a critical edition of John McGahern's novel /The Dark/ (co-edited with Ellen Scheible of Bridgewater State University; under contract with Syracuse University Press). Her other scholarly projects include a special issue of the /Irish University Review/ dedicated to the novelist Elizabeth Bowen (co-edited with Tina O'Toole of the University of Limerick) and an MLA-contracted book on Teaching Modern Irish Literature (co-edited wiht Guinn Batten). Dr. Teekell is known to keep tea and chocolate for visitors to her office, and she can often be found on Thursday afternoons chasing her two sons around the CNU Farmers Market.

  • The Father Kurt Fahrt, S.J. Memorial Prize - shortlisted, International Flann O'Brien Society. (2019)
  • Faculty of the Year (nominee), CNU Student Assembly. (2019)
  • Kara Keeling Book Award, Sigma Tau Delta, CNU Chapter. (2019)
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2018). Emergency Writing: Irish Literature, Neutrality, and the Second World War. Northwestern University Press. Pages, 261.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). No 'help to the imagination’: Kate O'Brien and the Emergency. Irish University Review. Volume, 48. Issue, 1. Pages, 30.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). The Orphan Decade: Elizabeth Bowen’s 1930s Novels. Etudes Irlandaises. Volume, 42. Issue, 2. Pages, 20.
  • Anna Teekell, Annual Heaney Lecture at Bridgewater State University, "Keynote: “The Digger and the Dowser: Heaney, MacNeice, and the Invention of Northern Irish Poetry.”," Postponed due to COVID-19. (2020)
  • Anna Teekell, What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett, "Keynote: "Keeping His Hand In: Beckett’s Manuscript for Watt"," St. Louis, MO. (2019)
  • Anna Teekell, Modernist Studies Association, "Roundtable: Irish Modernisms," Toronto, Canada. (2019)
  • Anna Teekell, American Conference for Irish Studies Midwest, "Conference Keynote: The Room Where MacNeice Wrote Snow: Inventing Northern Irish Poetry," Omaha, NE. (2019)
  • Anna Teekell, Irish Studies Seminar Series, ""Alternative Facts / Alternative Fictions: The Emergency and the Language of Modernism"," Belfast, Northern Ireland. (2018)
  • Anna Teekell, School of English, Drama, and Film Research Seminar Series, "“Fake News and the Irish Literary Tradition from the Emergency to the Troubles.”," Dublin, Ireland. (2018)
  • Anna Teekell, "Children, Orphans, Refugees in Bowen's House in Paris," Limerick, Ireland. (2018)
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