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, Volume 30, Number 2, 2019. pp. 149-164.

“Searching for Multivocality: A Collaborative Approach to the Western Home Monthly.” Modernism/Modernity Print Plus. Volume 4, Cycle 2, 2019.

“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.

Selected Conference Presentations

“‘Round and round the room’: Gender, Mobility, and Disability in Dickens.” Dickens Day. Institute of English Studies. London, UK. October 2019.

“‘Gentle Violence’: Liberty and Mobility in Burney’s Evelina and Smith’s Emmeline.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Chicago, IL. August 2019.

“‘On the score of her great learning’: Romantic Education in Smith’s Old Manor House and Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl.” International Conference on Romanticism. Manchester, UK. July 2019.

“Wild Wanderings: Gender and Pedestrian Travel in Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets.” British Women Writer’s Conference. Auburn, AL. April 2019.

“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.