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Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing

  • Patricia Pender
  • Rosalind Smith

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

About this book


This collection examines the diverse material cultures through which early modern women's writing was produced, transmitted, and received. It focuses on the ways it was originally packaged and promoted, how it circulated in its contemporary contexts, and how it was read and received in its original publication and in later revisions and redactions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia Pender
    • 1
  • Rosalind Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia

About the editors

Marie-Louise Coolahan, National University of Ireland, Ireland Margaret J.M. Ezell, Texas A&M University, USA Kate Lilley, University of Sydney, Australia Michelle O'Callaghan, University of Reading, UK Patricia Pender, University of Newcastle, Australia Paul Salzman, La Trobe University, Australia Helen Smith, University of York, UK Rosalind Smith, University of Newcastle, Australia Deborah Uman, St. John Fisher College, USA.

Bibliographic information


“This fascinating collection of essays, edited by Patricia Pender and Rosalind Smith, explores the material cultures of early modern women’s writing as a new way of examining production, transmission and reception. … The editors are to be congratulated for assembling such a tightly focused, conceptually vibrant and coherent volume. … Read as a whole, the collection makes an invaluable contribution to the history of the book and adds a genuinely gendered dimension to scholarship interested in material texts.” (James Daybell, English Historical Review, Vol. 131 (552), October, 2016)

“Essays in the volume explore the systems of textual production, transmission, and reception that influenced and enabled early modern women writers. … The essays are generally of a very high quality, many written by some of the best scholars working on early modern women writers. … Not only do the essays illuminate the writers under consideration, they also offer innovative ways of thinking about the act of writing.” (Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Vol. 56, 2016)

“This collection of essays concerns itself with notions of authorship in the context of the materiality of books and manuscripts. … The examination of shared credit in print culture is much in vogue these days, but this particular collection works well and is a pleasure to read. … The collection is both useful and readable. It sometimes surprises and does not disappoint.” (James Fitzmaurice, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 68 (4), 2015)