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Dr. Dagni A Bredesen, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Director of Faculty Development

Office: 1116 - Booth Library
Phone: 217-581-7051
Fall 2015 Office Hours:  T 12:45-1:45 p.m. & W 1:45-2:45 p.m. (Coleman Hall 3751 or Booth 1116)

Professor Dagni Bredesen joined Eastern Illinois University's English Department in 2001 after earning her PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle. She teaches courses at all levels from first year general education and composition, to upper division courses on South African literature, to graduate seminars in Nineteenth-Century British literature or Postcolonial Studies. She has served as the advisor for the campus chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for the past two years.


Dr. Bredesen’s academic and professional life has also taken her to Victoria, British Columbia (B.A. in Human and Social Development), Durban, South Africa (Director of a multi-racial children's program), San Diego (M.A., Literature), and Cape Town, South Africa (Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington, International Program). At Eastern Illinois, Dagni Bredesen champions international education and study abroad, leading the first study programs to South Africa and teaching at Eastern’s partner institution, Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.


Dr. Bredesen’s scholarly writing on aspects of Victorian culture–widows, Queen Victoria, coverture, detectives in literature–has appeared in such journals as Victorian ReviewCluesJournal of British StudiesNineteenth Century Gender Studies as well as in essay collections. Her current work, on Victorian women detectives, has resulted in a new edition of the first fictional casebooks to feature professional women detectives. She edited and introduced The Female Detective and Revelations of a Lady Detective. And she is working on a manuscript, titled “Detecting a Profession for Victorian Women.”

In addition to her teaching, Dagni Bredesen serves as director of the Office of Faculty Development, supporting faculty in all aspects of their professional life at Eastern, especially teaching and research.  


PhD, University of Washington (1999)
MA, University of California, San Diego (1994)
BA, University of Victoria, British Columbia (1980)


Nineteenth-century British studies, South African literature, post-colonial literature.

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600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
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