Researcher
English
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: anna.pilz@ucc.ie

Funded by the Irish Research Council, I joined the School of English as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014. I completed my Fellowship, which enabled me to research and work on my book-length project Woody Island: Trees, Inheritance, and Estates in Irish Writing, in 2016. Interested in interdisciplinary methodologies, I underwent professional training via a Higher Diploma in Geographical Information Systems during my Fellowship. Relatedly, I secured funding for and organised a two-day workshop on the theme of 'Landscapes, Environment and Heritage in Irish Studies' that took place in September 2016. http://www.ucc.ie/en/english/leh-workshop/

Since 2016, I am part-time lecturer in English at UCC. 

I have an interdisciplinary background and hold a BA in Cultural Studies from the European University Viadrina (2007, Germany). As an undergraduate student, I took part in the Erasmus Exchange Programme. During my term at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, I developed a research interest in Irish literature and culture which I pursued further as a postgraduate student with an MA in Irish Studies (2008). I completed my PhD, on the dramatic works of Irish playwright Lady Augusta Gregory, at Liverpool in 2013.

My research specialism is in Irish literature from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Particular research interests include: space, place and identity in Irish writing; Irish drama and theatre history; women's writing; nature writing; literature and environmental history; Northern Irish writing; book history (reception, influence and intertextuality). 

I have published articles and book chapters on Gregory's dramatic works and short stories, Anglo-Irish identity, Irish women's writing, and Seamus Heaney. My co-edited collection of essays (with Dr Whitney Standlee), Irish Women's Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty, was published by Manchester University Press in 2016. 

Currently, I am preparing two monographs for publication in 2018. First, Woody Island: Trees, Inheritance, and Estates in Irish Writing. A fusion of literary and environmental history, this book 

investigates representations of trees and woods in Irish writing from the early modern period to the revolutionary years of the 1920s. Secondly, the recent Waking the Feminists movement has re-invigorated scholarship on Irish women's writing and on Irish women playwrights in particular. In light of these developments, I return to my doctoral research. 

In May 2017, I am taking up a one-month Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship at NUI Galway to consult their digital collection of the Abbey Theatre Archive. This research will inform my second monograph, Lady Gregory's Drama: The Playwright and Her Audiences


Research Interests

Irish drama and theatre history; women’s writing; space and place in Irish writing; nature writing; literature and environmental history; book history (reception, influence and intertextuality).    

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Trees, Inheritance and Estates in Irish WritingIrish Research Council01-OCT-1430-SEP-16€90,373.98
Landscapes, Environment and Heritage in Irish StudiesIrish Research Council01-MAR-1630-SEP-16€7,937.00

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2017)'Cursed to the trees: Sweeney Astray'
Anna Pilz and Tom Herron (2017) 'Cursed to the trees: Sweeney Astray' In: Heike Schwarz and Tina-Karen Pusse (eds). Madness in the Woods. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. [Details]
(2017)'Lady Gregory, Forestry, and the Domesticated Landscape'
Anna Pilz (2017) 'Lady Gregory, Forestry, and the Domesticated Landscape' In: Terence Dooley, Maeve O'Riordan, and Christopher Ridgway (eds). Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Globe icon [Details]
(2016)'A bad master: Religion, Jacobitism, and the Politics of Representation in Lady Gregory's 'The White Cockade''
Anna Pilz (2016) 'A bad master: Religion, Jacobitism, and the Politics of Representation in Lady Gregory's 'The White Cockade'' In: Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee (eds). Irish Women's Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Globe icon [Details]
(2016)''Introduction''
Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee (2016) ''Introduction'' In: Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee (eds). Irish Women's Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2014)'‘“All possessors of property tremble”: Constructions of Landlord-Tenant Relations in Lady Gregory’s Writings’'
Anna Pilz (2014) '‘“All possessors of property tremble”: Constructions of Landlord-Tenant Relations in Lady Gregory’s Writings’' In: Heidi Hansson and James Murphy (eds). Fictions of the Irish Land War. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2013)'‘Lady Gregory’s Fans: The Irish Protestant Landed Class and Negotiations of Power’'
Anna Pilz (2013) '‘Lady Gregory’s Fans: The Irish Protestant Landed Class and Negotiations of Power’' In: Ciaran O'Neill (eds). Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Globe icon [Details]
(2010)'Through Egyptian Spectacles: Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, and Anti-Colonial Criticism'
Anna Pilz (2010) 'Through Egyptian Spectacles: Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, and Anti-Colonial Criticism' In: Katerina Jencova, Michaela Markova, Radvan Markus, Hana Pavelkova (eds). The Politics of Irish Writing. Prague: Charles University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2016)Irish Women’s Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty
Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee (Ed.). (2016) Irish Women’s Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty Manchester: Manchester University Press. Globe icon [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)''Trees, Big House Culture, and the Irish Literary Revival'
Anna Pilz and Andrew Tierney (2015) ''Trees, Big House Culture, and the Irish Literary Revival'. The New Hibernia Review, 19 (2):65-82 Globe icon [Details]
(2015)'‘“An unconquered man”: Lady Gregory’s The Gaol Gate, Terence MacSwiney, and the Abbey Theatre’'
Anna Pilz (2015) '‘“An unconquered man”: Lady Gregory’s The Gaol Gate, Terence MacSwiney, and the Abbey Theatre’'. Irish Studies Review, Globe icon [Details]

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2007European University Viadrina Bachelor of ArtsCultural Studies
2008University of Liverpool Master of ArtsIrish Studies
2013University of Liverpool PHDEnglish

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
German FluentFluentFluent
Latin FunctionalBasicNone
French FunctionalBasicBasic
English FluentFluentFluent

Teaching Interests

Irish Literature, Irish Drama, Contemporary Irish Writing, Women's Writing

University College Cork (2014-present)

Introduction to Modern Literature: Romantics to Contemporary (Year 1; team-taught) 

Colony and Nation: Irish Literature before 1900 (Year 2; team-taught) 

Women and Literature (Year 2; team-taught) 

Victorian Culture: London and Victorian Culture (Year 2 Critical Skills Seminar; course designer and co-ordinator)

Victorian Literature: Landscapes, Nature, Environments (Year 3 Special Skills Seminar; course designer and co-ordinator)

In addition, I have taught research-led sessions on the MA in Irish Writing and Film: 

Irish Culture: Colonial, Postcolonial, Transnational (team-taught)

Space and Place (team-taught)


Leeds Beckett University 

Writing in a Time of Violence: Literature and Politics in Northern Ireland (Year 3)


University of Liverpool, Centre for Lifelong Learning 

I have designed, co-ordinated and delivered the following four modules: 

"Troubles" in Fiction: Northern Ireland and the Contemporary Novel

Screening Ireland I: History and Archaeology in Irish Film

Screening Ireland II: Culture and Literature in Irish Film 

The Politics of the Theatre: Irish Drama at the Abbey Theatre, 1904-2014


University of Liverpool, Institute of Irish Studies

Irish Writing from Swift to Yeats (Year 1)

Irish Writing from Joyce to Heaney (Year 1)

The Irish Literary Revival (Year 2)

The Irish Novel after Joyce (Year 2)

Experiments in Irish Fiction (Year 2)

‘A Terrible Beauty’: The Life and Works of W.B. Yeats (Year 2)

Literature, Propaganda, and the Politics of the Stage (Year 3)


External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr Whitney Standlee University of WorcesterUNITED KINGDOM
Dr Andrew Tierney Buildings of IrelandIRELAND