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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

Code Description Percentage
190204 Film and Television 20
200503 British and Irish Literature 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/2007 - 2/07/2007 Fellow UON University 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Pender PJ, Smith R, Material Cultures of Early Modern Women's Writing, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, 232 (2014) [A3]
Co-authors Ros Smith
2012 Pender PJ, Early Modern Women's Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 232 (2012) [A1]
DOI 10.1057/9781137008015

Chapter (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Pender 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]
2014 Pender 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-authors Ros Smith
2013 Pender 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-authors Ros Smith
2013 Pender 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]
2010 Pender 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]
2010 Pender 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]
2009 Pender 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]
2007 Pender 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Pender 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]
DOI 10.1093/res/hgu040
2014 Kinder 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]
2013 Pender PJ, 'Abram E. Cutter's Archive of Bradstreetiana in the Boston Public Library', Notes and Queries, 60 268-269 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1093/notesj/gjt085
2012 Pender PJ, 'Framing the reformation woman writer: John Bale's prefaces to Anne Askew's Examinations', Parergon, 29 29-45 (2012) [C1]
2012 Pender PJ, Smith RL, 'From paratext to epitext: Mapping the authorial apparatus in early modern women's writing', Parergon, 29 193-201 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Ros Smith
2012 Ross SCE, Pender PJ, Smith RL, 'Guest editorial: Early modern women and the apparatus of authorship', Parergon, 29 (2012) [C6]
Co-authors Ros Smith
2011 Pender PJ, 'Remapping Early Modern Religious Literature [book review]', Huntington Library Quarterly, 74 353-358 (2011) [C3]
2011 Pender PJ, 'The ghost and the machine in the Sidney family corpus', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 51 65-85 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1353/sel.2011.0000
Citations Scopus - 1
2010 Pender PJ, 'Reading Bale Reading Anne Askew: Contested Collaboration in The Examinations', Huntington Library Quarterly, 73 507-522 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1525/hlq.2010.73.3.507
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2009 Pender PJ, 'The perfect electrometer: Dorothy Wordsworth's Lover's discourse', Australian Humanities Review, 67-84 (2009) [C1]
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Pender PJ, ''This triall of my slender skill': Aemilia Lanyer's Inexpressibility Topoi', Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting 2010, Venice, Italy (2010) [E3]
2009 Pender 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]
2009 Pender PJ, 'Reading Bale reading Askew: Framing and Interpretation in The Examinations', Sixteenth Century Society and Conference 2009: Program of Events, Geneva, Switzerland (2009) [E3]
2008 Pender 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)

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

Summary

Number of grants 14
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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300324
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Associate Professor Rosalind Smith, Doctor Trisha Pender, Ms Wendy Alexander
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400958
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Award for Research Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301446
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400525
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $20,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300464
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Rosalind Smith, Doctor Trisha Pender, Professor Paul Salzman, Dr Kate Lilley, Dr Sarah Ross, Professor Michelle O'Callaghan, Professor Susan Wiseman
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100291
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000140
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20093 grants / $13,500

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189648
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: Australian Academy of the Humanities

Funding body Australian Academy of the Humanities
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Travelling Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189644
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190237
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20082 grants / $3,700

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Rosalind Smith, Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Research Networks
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188553
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188598
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $575,575

2007 Research Fellowship$560,575

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187114
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2007 Research Fellowship Project grant$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Trisha Pender
Scheme Fellowship Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188108
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.15
PhD3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Out 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, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Reassessing the early modern "closet drama": genre and material culture
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters Brides of Terror: Marital Anxiety and the Consumer Society in Modern Gothic Romance
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Hybridity and the Post-Human in Contemporary Women's Science Fiction
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Coming Home: The Representation of Single Mothers in Contemporary American Romance Fiction
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Harry Potter and the Specular Selves: the Life and After-life of the Image
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Trends Regimes Collocations Co-Expressions and Trees : New Methods for Analysing Sequential Aspects of Literacy Language and Literary Data
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD The Strange Potential of Ordinary Things
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Pleasure Narrative: Sexual Agency and Teen Feminism in Young Adult Fiction
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 Masters Unruly Women
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Computational 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, The University of Newcastle
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.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 5
United Kingdom 1
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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

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

Office

Room 143
Building McMullin Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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