Trish Bredar

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Areas of Interest
Nineteenth-century British Literature; Gender; Space and Mobility; Women writers

Centre College, BA
University of Colorado–Boulder, MA

My research focuses on women’s physical mobility in the nineteenth-century British novel, with a particular interest in literary depictions of walking. I am particularly interested in the ways
nineteenth-century women writers use space, embodiment, and movement to critique restrictive social norms. I work on authors including the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charlotte Smith. I am also pursuing a graduate minor in gender studies to further support my interest in gender and feminist theory.


“Wild Wanderings: Gender and Pedestrian Travel in Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets.” European Romantic Review. Forthcoming.

Bredar, Trish, Shinjini Chattopadhyay, Moonseok Choi, Kurt McGee, and Anton Povzner. “Searching for Multivocality: A Collaborative Approach to the Western Home Monthly.” Modernism/Modernity Print Plus. Forthcoming.

“The Possibility of Taking a Walk: Jane Eyre’s Persistent Mobility.” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, Volume 132, Winter 2017, pp. 116-129.

Additional Scholarly Activity

“Comfortable in Their Skin: Queerness and Mesmerism in Conan Doyle’s The Parasite and Marsh’s The Beetle.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference. St. Petersburg, FL. October 2018.

“Mobility and Space.” Society for Novel Studies Conference. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. June 2018. (Keyword Seminar: SPACE)

“The 'arrest of everything': Traumatized Space and Suspended Time in Great Expectations and Little Dorrit.” INCS Annual Conference.  San Francisco, CA. March 2018. (Paper presentation)

“Overpassing the Limit: Jane Eyre’s Persistent Mobility.” PAMLA Annual Conference.  Portland, OR. Nov 2015. (Paper presentation)

“Natural Discord in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley.” British Women Writers Conference.  Colombia University, New York. June 2015. (Roundtable Session)

“Rethinking Gendered Space and Subjectivity in Jane Eyre.” Transformative Horizons Graduate Student Conference. University of Colorado Boulder. May 2015. (Paper presentation)

“Dreaming of Dawn: Time and Landscape in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley.” Landscape, Place, and Space Conference. Indiana University–Bloomington. Feb 2015. (Paper presentation)