Anna Pilz

Membership:  2018-2020

Member Bio

Anna Pilz joined the Rachel Carson Center from the University of Edinburgh, where she had been an environmental humanities visiting research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Her research focuses predominantly on nineteenth-century Irish cultural production and history. In particular, her current work examines the interplay between literature, geography, and environmental history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland. Her coedited volume Irish Women’s Writing, 1878–1922 with Whitney Standlee was published in 2016 by Manchester University Press. Pilz’s research has received support from the British Association for Irish Studies, the Royal Historical Society, and the Irish Research Council. She has taught on Irish and English literatures, women’s studies, and on values and the environment at the University of Liverpool, Leeds Beckett University, University College Cork, and the University of Edinburgh. She is currently completing her first monograph, The Wooded Isle: Trees, Inheritance and Estates in Irish Writing, for Liverpool University Press.


The Wooded Isle: Trees, Inheritance, and Estates in Irish Writing
Lunchtime Colloquium Video - "Woods and Irish Writing"


  • “‘Lasting Monuments’: Lady Gregory’s Domesticated Landscape and Forestry.” In Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain, edited by Terence Dooley, Maeve O’Riordan, and Christopher Ridgway, 170–85. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018.
  • Edited with Whitney Standlee. Irish Women’s Writing, 1878–1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2016.
  • with Andrew Tierney. “Trees, Big House Culture, and the Irish Literary Revival.” New Hibernia Review 19, no. 2 (2015): 65–82.
  • “Lady Gregory’s The Gaol Gate, Terence MacSwiney, and the Abbey Theatre.” Irish Studies Review 23, no. 3 (2015): 277–291.
  • “Lady Gregory’s Fans: The Irish Protestant Landed Class and Negotiations of Power.” In Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Ciaran O’Neill, 185–196. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013.