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Stephen Pender, Research Fellow



Dr. Pender accepted his first academic appointment in the department of English in July 2000. He has received several awards, including a London Goodenough College fellowship, a fellowship at the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, a SSHRC doctoral grant, a University of Windsor Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, and a SSHRC Standard Research Grant [CDN $47,742] for 2002-2005. Dr. Pender has delivered over thirty papers, including an invited lecture at the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry, University of Iowa, and has published widely on human exhibition, the history of rhetoric, and the history of medicine.

Research Interests

early modern intellectual history, early modern poetry and prose, history of rhetoric, history of medicine, history of emotion

Current Research:

His current research explores rhetoric, medicine, and emotion in early modern Europe.

Research Information

Recent Funding:

2002-2005. SSHRC Standard Research Grant. ($47,742)

Recent Publications:

Edited Volumes


  • Editor, with Nancy Struever (Emerita, History, Johns Hopkins University), Reasoning Effects: Rhetoric and Medicine in Early Modern Europe (in progress). This collection explores habits of thought shared by medicine and rhetoric in early modern Europe; contributors include Nancy Struever, Brian Nance, Monica Azzolini, Richard Sugg, and Guido Giglioni.
  • Editor, with Mark Higgins and Darren Wershler-Henry, The Common Sky: Canadian Writers against the War (Toronto: Three Squares Press, 2003), with a forward by Alistair MacLeod; 176pp.
  • Editor, with Linda Hutcheon and Faye Pickrem, “Cultural Studies in Canada,” Special Issue of University of Toronto Quarterly 64.4 (1995), 481-572 [92pp]

Essays in Books

  • “Seeing, Feeling, Judging: Pain in the Early Modern Imagination,” in Pain in Early Modern Culture, ed. Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2008)
  • “Cultural Representations of the Body,” in The History of the Human Body: the Renaissance, ed. Jonathan Sawday (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2008)
  • “Habits of Thought, Structures of Feeling,” Renaissance Tropologies: Essays in Honour of Gale H. Carrithers, ed. Jeanne Shami (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, forthcoming 2007), 43pp. ms.
  • “Essaying the Body: Donne, Affliction, and Medicine,” in John Donne’s Professional Lives, ed. David Colclough (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2002), 215-248
    Reviewed by Daniel Doerksen,
    Journal of Ecclesiastical History 55 (2004): 788-789
  • “In the Bodyshop: Human Exhibition in Early Modern England,” in Defects: Engendering the Modern Body, ed. Helen Deutsch and Felicity Nussbaum (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000), 95-126
    Reviewed by Josue Harari,
    Eighteenth Century Studies 36.2 (2003), 259-266
  • “No Monsters at the Resurrection: Inside Some Conjoined Twins,” in Monster Theory, Reading Culture, ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 1996), 143-167

Essays and Reviews in Refereed Journals

  • “An Interview with David Harvey,” Studies in Social Justice 1 (2007): 14-22; online at / socialjustice
  • “Examples and Experience: the Uncertainty of Medicine,” British Journal for the History of Science 39.1 (2006): 1-28
  • “Between Rhetoric and Medicine,” Early Science and Medicine 10.1 (February 2005): 36-64
  • “‘The Open Use of Living’: Prudence, Decorum, and the ‘Square Man,’” Rhetorica 23.4 (2005): 363-400
  • “Signs of Interiority, or Epistemology in the Bodyshop,” The Dalhousie Review 85.2 (2005): 221-237
  • “Cultural Studies in Canada: an Afterword,” University of Toronto Quarterly 64.4 (1995): 567-572
  • Interviewer, with Faye Pickrem, “Critical Sites: a Round-Table Discussion with Some of the Members of the Trent University Cultural Studies Program,” University of Toronto Quarterly 64.4 (1995): 547-556



  • Solicited review of Daniel Gross, The Secret History of Emotion: from Aristotle’s Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), The Times Literary Supplement (forthcoming)
  • Solicited review of William Hay, Deformity: an Essay, ed. Kathleen James-Cavan (Victoria: University of Victoria Press, 2004), English Studies in Canada (forthcoming)
  • Solicited review of William Kerwin, Beyond the Body: the Boundaries of Medicine and English Renaissance Drama (Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), Renaissance Quarterly 59.2 (2006): 635-637
  • Solicited review of Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion, ed. Gail Kern Paster, Katharine Row, Mary Floyd-Wilson (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), Renaissance Quarterly 58.3 (2005): 1030-1032
  • Review of Donald R. Kelley, The Descent of Ideas: the History of Intellectual History (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002), Sixteenth Century Journal 35.3 (2004): 511-513
  • Review of Ellen Spolsky, Satisfying Skepticism: Embodied Knowledge in the Early Modern World (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001), Sixteenth Century Journal 34.1 (2003): 172-174



Teaching Interests


Dr. Pender has supervised three undergraduate major projects, three MA theses, and been external reader on three English and one Communications MA theses.

MA Theses

  • Supervisor, Martin Deck, 2004-2007, “Wilde, Plato, and Paradox” [MA thesis]: ongoing
  • Supervisor, Mark Kramer, 2004-2005, “Milton and Divine Rhetoric” [MA major paper]: now in the public sector
  • Supervisor, Julia Kiernan, 2004-2005, “Feminist Rhetorics” [MA major paper]: doctoral candidate, University of Louisville
  • Supervisor, Kumar Saha, 2003-2004, “Sing the Body Cyborg: a Marxist Genealogy of Technological Praxis” [MA Thesis]: now an editor
  • Supervisor, Andries Alkema, 2003-2004, “Allegories of Walking in Modernity” [MA thesis]: now in the private sector
  • External Reader, Tina Siegel, 2003-2004, “Gotta Get a Message to You: the Politics of Canadian Independent Music” [MA thesis]
  • Second Reader, Idil Bozkurt, 2002-2003, “Migration and Hybridity in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction” [MA thesis]: doctoral candidate, McMaster University

Undergraduate Senior Theses

  • Supervisor, Rubaiyat Arafat, 2005, “Early Modern Anatomy” [UG major paper]: now in the private sector
  • Supervisor, Stefanie Morand, “Milton and the Passions” [UG major paper]: law and business, York University
  • Supervisor, Nettie Bozanich, “Feminism, Marxism, and Disability” [UG major paper]


  • Second Reader, Klaus Anthoniesen, 2001-2002, novel
Professional Activities

Research Fellow
Associate Professor, English; Director, Humanities Research Group; Research Leadership Chair, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Educational Qualifications

Ph.D., University of Toronto (2000)