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Dr Trisha Pender

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (English)

More than words

Dr Trisha Pender is leading the charge in the expanding world of research into early modern women's writing.

Patricia Pender 

Dr Patricia (Trisha) 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 for her work as coordinator of the Early Modern Women's Research Network (EMWRN).

Most significantly is the funding of 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. Trisha 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," Trisha said.

In 2013 Trisha also won the $40,000 S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship to research the roles that women played in the literary culture of the 16th and 17th centuries.

This fellowship will see Trisha spending 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 2013 she won the Resse Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book at the American Antiquarian Society.

Her outstanding year culminated in being named the Vice- Chancellors Award winner for Research Excellence not only for the Faculty, but also for the whole University.

"What's really interesting is that it came out of nothing."

This is how Trisha describes the humble beginnings of the Early Modern Women Research Network (EMWRN), which has continued to gain momentum and global recognition since its inception in 2007.

Trisha was awarded a five-year Research Fellowship at the University of Newcastle in 2007 after spending 12 years in the US earning her doctorate at Stanford and teaching as an Assistant Professor at Pace University in New York City.

It was at Newcastle that new colleagues Trisha and Associate Professor Rosalind Smith answered the call for applications to set up national research clusters under the ARC's Network of Early European Research (NEER) banner.

With little more than the ARC's sanction on offer, the two felt there was "literally nothing to lose".

They received a NEER grant for a meagre $2000 but within a short time they had built up an international research network that was attracting attention not only to EMWRN but to the University of Newcastle.

"EMWRN was built from virtually nothing but excitement and graft," Trisha says.

The group received another $2000 ARC grant two years later, all the while continuing to gain impetus.

EMWRN steamrolled and in 2012 received a $210,000 ARC Discovery Projects grant to fund research around The Material Cultures of Early Modern Women's Writing: Editing, Reception and Mediation.

Trisha explains that they use the term "early modern" rather than "Renaissance" as they are trying to make a connection between the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Where the term Renaissance has been used in the past to signal the ideological triumph of an elite group of Protestant men,  "early modern" places the period in a longer historical perspective, and includes the concerns of marginalised groups such as women, the working classes, and religious and racial minorities.

"Early modern takes away that triumphal rhetoric, it is a more historicist perspective."

By studying material cultures, EMWRN is focusing not so much on the authors and their biographies but on what they wrote and how it was disseminated. Part of the project is researching the history of the book.

"We are looking at the production, transmission and reception of the work. How was it produced in print? How was it circulated? How have these been received?"

Trisha and Ros played a central role in the Early Modern Studies Conference at the University of Reading, UK, in July 2013, when EMWRN sponsored a three-day stream of panels on the material cultures of early modern women's writing.

"We had an overwhelming response to our call for papers on the subject and we realised that scholars from around the world are really engaged in this material," Trisha says.

"It emphasised just how much interest there is, and through EMWRN we can continue to harness that energy."

The group hosted an Early Modern Studies Symposium in Newcastle in September 2013, featuring international keynote speakers Professor Stephen Orgel and Dr Michael Wyatt from Stanford University.

The one-day symposium was crowned by a celebration of the special issue of the journal Parergon, on Early Modern Women and the Apparatus of Authorship, edited by Trisha, Ros and New Zealand EMWRN counterpart Sara Ross. Visiting luminary Stephen Orgel did the honours of launching the issue. 

For Trisha, one of the highlights of the symposium was the opportunity to invite undergraduate students to be part of the research experience. 

"We wanted to show students, potentially RHD students, that early modern scholarship is a dynamic field of study," Trisha says.

In this spirit, Ros and Trisha have initiated a new $500 undergrad scholarship out of their EMWRN budget.

When she applied for her five-year post doctoral research scholarship at Newcastle, she was the only scholar to receive one in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

"I've always been a bit grant happy. At Stanford they used to call me the grant maven. It's a strange fixation," she laughs.

Patricia Pender

More than words

Trisha Pender is leading the charge in the expanding world of research into early modern women's writing.

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Career Summary

Biography

Patricia Pender is a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is the author of Early Modern Women’s Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty (Palgrave 2012) and the co-editor, with Sarah C. E. Ross and Rosalind Smith, of Early Modern Women and the Apparatus of Authorship, a special issue of Parergon (December, 2012). She has previously published essays on Anne Askew, Mary Sidney, and Anne Bradstreet in journals such as Women’s Writing, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and Huntington Library Quarterly and currently coordinates, with Rosalind Smith, a three-year Australian Research Council project on the Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing (2012-2014) Patricia has active research interests in early modern literature, feminist literary history and theory, and contemporary popular culture. In addition to her early modern scholarship, she has published a number of essays on the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is currently working on a monograph on Buffy and Contemporary Feminism (forthcoming with I.B. Tauris).

Research Expertise
Patricia Pender is a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is the author of Early Modern Women’s Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty (Palgrave 2012) and the co-editor, with Sarah C. E. Ross and Rosalind Smith, of Early Modern Women and the Apparatus of Authorship, a special issue of Parergon (December, 2012). She has previously published essays on Anne Askew, Mary Sidney, and Anne Bradstreet in journals such as Women’s Writing, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and Huntington Library Quarterly and currently coordinates, with Rosalind Smith, a three-year Australian Research Council project on the Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing (2012-2014) Patricia has active research interests in early modern literature, feminist literary history and theory, and contemporary popular culture. In addition to her early modern scholarship, she has published a number of essays on the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is currently working on a monograph on Buffy and Contemporary Feminism (forthcoming with I.B. Tauris).



Qualifications

  • PhD, Stanford University

Keywords

  • Australian popular culture
  • Early modern literature and culture
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender and popular culture
  • Literature and adaptation
  • Women writers 1500-1800
  • Women's literary history

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190204Film and Television20
200503British and Irish Literature80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/2007 - 2/07/2007Fellow UONUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Pender PJ, Smith R, Material Cultures of Early Modern Women's Writing, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, 232 (2014) [A3]
Co-authorsRos Smith
2012Pender PJ, Early Modern Women's Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 232 (2012) [A1]
DOI10.1057/9781137008015

Chapter (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Pender PJ, 'Dispensing Quails, Mincemeat, Leaven: Katherine Parr¿s Patronage of the Paraphrases of Erasmus', Material Cultures of Early Modern Women¿s Writing, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 36-54 (2014) [B1]
2014Pender PJ, Smith R, 'Introduction: Early Modern Women¿s Texts: Production, Transmission and Reception', Material Cultures of Early Modern Women¿s Writing, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 1-13 (2014) [B1]
Co-authorsRos Smith
2013Pender PJ, Smith R, 'Afterword: Reading early modern women and the poem', Early Modern Women and the Poem, Manchester University Press, Manchester 244-252 (2013) [B1]
Co-authorsRos Smith
2013Pender PJ, 'Rethinking authorial reluctance in the paratexts to Anne Bradstreet's poetry', Early Modern Women and the Poem, Manchester University Press, Manchester 165-180 (2013) [B1]
2010Pender PJ, 'Andrew and the homoerotics of evil', Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon. New Essays, McFarland & Company, Inc, Jefferson 93-105 (2010) [B1]
2010Pender PJ, 'Between 'Sygne' and 'Substance': Rhetorics of figurality in the 'Examinations of Anne Askew'', Expanding the Canon of Early Modern Women's Writing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne 222-233 (2010) [B1]
2009Pender PJ, 'The third wave feminism suite', The World is a Text: Writing, Reading and Thinking About Visual and Popular Culture, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ 448-458 (2009) [B2]
2007Pender P, 'Mea Mediocritas: Mary Sidney and the Early Modern Rhetoric of Modesty', What is the New Rhetoric, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom 104-125 (2007) [B1]
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Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Pender PJ, 'Forms of Engagement: Women, Poetry, and Culture, 1640-1680', The Review of English Studies: the leading journal of English literature and language, 65 933-935 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.1093/res/hgu040
2014Kinder E, Pender P, 'A copy of a copy of a copy: Framing the double in fight club', Literature-Film Quarterly, 42 541-556 (2014) [C1]
2013Pender PJ, 'Abram E. Cutter's Archive of Bradstreetiana in the Boston Public Library', Notes and Queries, 60 268-269 (2013) [C3]
DOI10.1093/notesj/gjt085
2012Pender PJ, 'Framing the reformation woman writer: John Bale's prefaces to Anne Askew's Examinations', Parergon, 29 29-45 (2012) [C1]
2012Pender PJ, Smith RL, 'From paratext to epitext: Mapping the authorial apparatus in early modern women's writing', Parergon, 29 193-201 (2012) [C1]
Co-authorsRos Smith
2012Ross SCE, Pender PJ, Smith RL, 'Guest editorial: Early modern women and the apparatus of authorship', Parergon, 29 (2012) [C6]
Co-authorsRos Smith
2011Pender PJ, 'Remapping Early Modern Religious Literature [book review]', Huntington Library Quarterly, 74 353-358 (2011) [C3]
2011Pender PJ, 'The ghost and the machine in the Sidney family corpus', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 51 65-85 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1353/sel.2011.0000
CitationsScopus - 1
2010Pender PJ, 'Reading Bale Reading Anne Askew: Contested Collaboration in The Examinations', Huntington Library Quarterly, 73 507-522 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1525/hlq.2010.73.3.507
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2009Pender PJ, 'The perfect electrometer: Dorothy Wordsworth's Lover's discourse', Australian Humanities Review, 67-84 (2009) [C1]
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Conference (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Pender PJ, ''This triall of my slender skill': Aemilia Lanyer's Inexpressibility Topoi', Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting 2010, Venice, Italy (2010) [E3]
2009Pender PJ, 'Anne Bradstreet's Rhetoric of reluctance in the prefatory apparatus to The tenth muse', Abstracts for Early Modern Women and Poetry Conference, London, UK (2009) [E3]
2009Pender PJ, 'Reading Bale reading Askew: Framing and Interpretation in The Examinations', Sixteenth Century Society and Conference 2009: Program of Events, Geneva, Switzerland (2009) [E3]
2008Pender PJ, 'Desperately seeking Dorothy: The 'Perfect Electrometer'', The Art of the Real: National Creative Non-Fiction Conference. Program, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
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Creative Work (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Pender PJ, "From Isabella with contempt" (2014)
2014Pender PJ, "Crosses" (2014)
2014Pender PJ, From Isabella with contempt; Crosses, Buladelah, NSW (2014) [J2]
2011Pender PJ, Australia, Hunter Writers Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2011) [J2]
2009Pender PJ, Using shite gifts for academics, OL Society, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [J2]
Supanova
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants14
Total funding$1,000,575

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20144 grants / $176,800

Early Modern Women and the Institutions of Authorship: Publication, Collaboration, Translation$149,800

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1300324
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The Early Modern Wonem's Research Network (EMWRN)$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamAssociate Professor Rosalind Smith, Doctor Trisha Pender, Ms Wendy Alexander
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400958
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

2013 Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeAward for Research Excellence
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301446
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Love's Victory Conference, Penshurst Place, UK, 7-9 June 2014$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400525
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $20,000

Early Modern Women and the Institutions of Authorship$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeNear Miss Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300464
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20121 grants / $210,000

The Material Cultures of Early Modern Women's Writing: Editing, Reception and Mediation$210,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Rosalind Smith, Doctor Trisha Pender, Professor Paul Salzman, Dr Kate Lilley, Dr Sarah Ross, Professor Michelle O'Callaghan, Professor Susan Wiseman
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100291
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20101 grants / $1,000

Renaissance Society of America, Venice, Italy, 8 - 10 April 2010$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000140
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20093 grants / $13,500

Early Modern Women's Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189648
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Early Modern Women's Writing and Rhetoric of Modesty$2,500

Funding body: Australian Academy of the Humanities

Funding bodyAustralian Academy of the Humanities
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeTravelling Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189644
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Sixteenth Century Studies conference, Geneva, 28-30 May 2009$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190237
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20082 grants / $3,700

NEER Research Cluster: Early Modern Women Writers$2,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Rosalind Smith, Doctor Trisha Pender
SchemeResearch Networks
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188553
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

PCACA , San Francisco, USA, 19/3/2008 - 22/3/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188598
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20072 grants / $575,575

2007 Research Fellowship$560,575

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeResearch Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187114
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

2007 Research Fellowship Project grant$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Trisha Pender
SchemeFellowship Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188108
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Out of the Margins: Revaluing Feminine Devotional Discourse through an Examination of the Marginalia found in Early Modern Women's Devotional Writing
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015Reassessing the early modern "closet drama": genre and material culture
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2015Brides of Terror: Marital Anxiety and the Consumer Society in Modern Gothic Romance
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014Hybridity and the Post-Human in Contemporary Women's Science Fiction
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013The Strange Potential of Ordinary Things
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Coming Home: The Representation of Single Mothers in Contemporary American Romance Fiction
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011The Specular Selves: the Life and After-life of the Image in the Harry Potter sequence
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011The Pleasure Narrative: Sexual Agency and Teen Feminism in Young Adult Fiction
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011Application of Stylometric Techniques to Writing
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013Unruly Women
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Computational Stylistics, Cognitive Grammar, and the Tragedy of Mariam: Combining Formal and Contextual Approaches in a Computational Study of Early Modern Tragedy
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

CountryCount of Publications
Australia5
United Kingdom1
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News

VC award winners

Research and Supervision Excellence

December 2, 2013

The winners of the 2013 'Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Research Excellence' and the 'Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Supervision Excellence' were announced on Monday 2 December. These awards recognise and reward the outstanding calibre of researchers and supervisors we have at the University.

Dr Patrica Pender

A rising literary star

November 21, 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 Trisha Pender

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

English

Contact Details

Emailpatricia.j.pender@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5369

Office

Room143
BuildingMcMullin Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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