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Anna Teekell

Department of English

Anna Teekell

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. She lives in Newport News with her husband, two sons, and enormous dog, Haggis.

In 2020, she created the interactive Irish Border Bibliography ( / with CNU English major Kazuki Johnstone and in 2021 she co-edited (with Tina O'Toole of the University of Limerick) a special issue on Elizabeth Bowen for the Irish University Review (

With the help of CNU Summer Scholar Zenith Nguon, Dr. Teekell is currently co-editing a critical edition of John McGahern's novel The Dark with Ellen Scheible of Bridgewater State University (under contract with Syracuse University Press) and preparing an MLA-contracted book on Teaching Modern Irish Poetry (co-edited with Guinn Batten of Washington University).

Dr. Teekell's newest publication is "The Room Where MacNeice Wrote 'Snow' and the Invention of Northern Irish Poetry" in Eire-Ireland (, and her chapter on “The Emergency’s Improbable Frequency in Contemporary Irish Culture” will appear this year in Routledge's Cultural Legacies of Neutral Europe. She serves as Series Editor for Anthem Press's series, Anthem Irish Studies:,with%20scholarship%20on%20Irish%20diasporas.

Future projects include a book called BorderLines: A Literary Atlas of the Irish Border.

  • 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
    The Dark - A Critical Edition. Syracuse University Press. Pages, 300.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    John McGahern. Gale Cengage.
  • Book Review
    (2022). "Out of the Cupboard: The Lost Letters of Flann O'Brien". Irish Literary Supplement. Volume, 41. Issue, 2.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    The Emergency’s Improbable Frequency in Contemporary Irish Culture.. Routledge.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). “The Room Where MacNeice Wrote ‘Snow’ and the Invention of Northern Irish Poetry”. Eire-Ireland. Pages, 30.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). Co-Editor of Special Issue. Irish University Review. Volume, 1. Issue, 51.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). ‘Born Related’: Elizabeth Bowen and Eudora Welty in Correspondence. Irish University Review, Edinburgh University Press. Issue, 51.1. Pages, 20.
  • 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, International Association for the Study of Irish Literature, "“Irish Border Travelogues: Walking the Intersection"," Limerick, Ireland. (2022)
  • Anna Teekell, Seamus Heaney Literary Spraoi, "Keynote: “The Digger and the Dowser: Heaney, MacNeice, and the Invention of Northern Irish Poetry.”," Bridgewater State University. (2022)
  • Anna Teekell, Gaelic Cultural Society, "“How to Read Haunted Poems in Troubled Times: Michael Longley and Derek Mahon.”," St Louis, MO. (2022)
  • Anna Teekell, Yeats in America, "Yeats in America," New York, NY. (2021)
  • Anna Teekell, American Conference for Irish Studies, "The Funny Side of the Border: Comic Farce and the Literary Aesthetic of the Irish Border," Virtual (Derry, Northern Ireland). (2021)
  • 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)
  • Anna Teekell, "IRBORDCUL," Sponsored by Irish Research Council
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