Dr Pender has won the $40,000 S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship to research the roles women played in the literary culture of the 16th and 17th centuries.

A rising literary star

21 November 2013

Dr Patricia Pender, from the Faculty of Education and Arts, is a rising star within the University of Newcastle having recently won a range of grants and awards.

Dr Patrica PenderIn September Dr Pender won the $40,000 S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship from the University of Melbourne to research the roles that women played in the literary culture of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Dr Pender will spend five months in 2014 conducting archival research in the British Library that will inform her second book, Early Modern Women and the Institutions of Authorship: Publication, Collaboration, Translation.

In October Dr Pender won the Resse Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book at the American Antiquarian Society.

Most recently she was awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant worth $149,800 for her research project Early Modern Women's Writing and the Institutions of Authorship: Publication, Collaboration, Translation.

This project will provide the first in-depth account of early modern women's contributions to the history of the book by considering their roles in publication, collaboration and translation. Dr Pender said this project aims to transform early modern book history by considering agents and forms of literary labour that have previously been deemed marginal to the discipline as a whole.

"In doing so, it will challenge and refine categories of authorship that have been defined in almost exclusively masculine terms, providing a more complete and historically nuanced account of authorial  institutions crucial to the future of early modern literary studies," Dr Pender said.

Dr Pender has also received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence for the Faculty of Education and Arts, as well as the Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.