Trish Bredar

Bredar Photo Nov 2021



Areas of Interest
Nineteenth-Century British Literature; Romantic Literature; Victorian Literature; Diaries and Life Writing; Mobility Studies; Gender Studies; Disability Studies

PhD, English, University of Notre Dame (May 2021)
MA, English, University of Colorado–Boulder (May 2016)
BA, English, Centre College (May 2012)


Dr. Trish Bredar is a Chesterton Postdoctoral Fellow with Notre Dame International and an instructor in the Department of English. She specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, with a particular focus on issues of gender and physical mobility. Her current book project, Paths of Resistance: Walking Women in Nineteenth-Century Literature, seeks to recuperate a literary tradition of female pedestrianism in British novels and diaries of the long nineteenth century (1778-1892). This project counters a pervasively male canon of peripatetic literature and theory by identifying alternative paradigms of walking in the novels of women writers such as Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Anne and Charlotte Brontë, Charlotte Yonge, Elizabeth Gaskell and in the manuscript diaries of non-famous Englishwomen. While these authors’ treatments of mobility are far from homogenous—walking is variously framed as a site of violence, a source of community, a marker of individuality, and an avenue for cross-class solidarity—each makes visible the disparities between an idealized, individualist, and androcentric rhetoric of mobility and the uneven experiences of moving about in a gendered body. Beyond this project, Dr. Bredar is exploring several avenues for future research, including a second book project that explores the relationship between mobility and houselessness in Victorian literature.

As a Chesterton Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2021-22 academic year, Dr. Bredar is helping to develop the London Global Gateway’s newly acquired G. K. Chesterton Collection while teaching literature courses on campus and for Notre Dame’s London Undergraduate Program. She also holds the position of Senior Consultant for Notre Dame’s Office of Grants and Fellowships, where she helps graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to secure competitive research funding.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Wild Wanderings: Gender and Pedestrian Travel in Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets.”  European Romantic Review. Vol. 30, No. 2, 2019, pp. 149-164.

“Searching for Multivocality: A Collaborative Approach to the Western Home Monthly.” Trish Bredar, Shinjini Chattopadhyay, Moonseok Choi, and Anton Povzner. Modernism/Modernity Print Plus. Vol. 4, Cycle 2, 2019.

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