Anna Linda Neill, PhD

Humanities - English
Chair, English Department
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 3001E
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Most of my research focuses on British literature of the 18th- and 19th-centuries. My most recent book, Primitive Minds: Evolution and Spiritual Experience in the Victorian Novel, links evolutionary science with both Victorian psychology and spiritualism. Currently, I am writing a book examining 19th-century speculation about the impact of imaginative literature on human evolution. I teach courses in my literary fields, but I also teach critical theory at both the introductory undergraduate and the graduate levels. In the past, I have helped organize and teach poetry classes at Douglas County Jail, and I have published on the relationship between criticism and corrections. I have also written articles on film, on the post-colonial politics of museum display, and on the institutional career of cultural studies.

Teaching Interests

  • Evolutionary science
  • Nineteenth-century British literature
  • Critical theory
  • Post-colonial

Selected Publications

Neill, Anna. “Epigenetic Emergence: Reading for Growth in Jane Eyre.” Textual Practice, vol. 33, no. 7, 2019, pp. 1071–86,

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