Maternal Instructions: Early Modern Catechisms Written for Mothers and Children. Selected and Introduced by Paula McQuade. (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, May, 2008).

This scholarly edition of archival texts consists of nine early modern catechisms which were written for mothers and children between 1550 and 1750, together with a scholarly introduction which discusses the importance of religion in promoting female literacy in early modern England. Two of the catechisms were written by women; by including them in Maternal Instructions I seek to increase our understanding of female authorship in the early modern period. In its depiction of a nurturing yet intellectually challenging mother-child relationship, Maternal Instructions seeks to challenge the current view of Renaissance motherhood, which derives largely from pamphlets and popular plays and thus tends to see early modern mothers as either murderous or sexually suspect. 


Articles in Refereed Journals and Collections

“Domestic Religious Instruction in Old and New England”: The Case of Sarah Symmes Fiske’s A Confession.”  Forthcoming in Notes and Queries, special issue on Early Modern Women’s Devotional Literature, edited by Anne Lake Prescott and Katherine Narveson. 

“A Knowing People”: Maternal Catechizing, Evangelical Protestantism, Working Class Community in Dorothy Burch’s A Catechism of the Several Heads of the Christian Religion (1646).  Forthcoming in Prose Studies

“Except that they had offended the Law: Gender and Jurisprudence in The Examinations of Anne Askew.”  Reprint in Early Tudor Women Writers. Ed. Elaine Beilin. Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700.  Burlington, Vt: 2009.

“Love and Lies: Marital Truth-Telling, Catholic Casuistry and Othello.”  In Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England.  Ed. Dennis Taylor. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003.

“Truth and Consequences: Equivocation, Inwardness, and the Secret Catholic Subject in Early Modern England,” The Ben Jonson Journal. (2001): 277 – 290.

“A Labyrinth of Sin: Marriage and Moral Capacity in A Woman Killed with Kindness,” Modern Philology. (November, 2000): 231 – 251.

“Except that they had offended the law: Gender and Jurisprudence in The Examinations of Anne Askew.” Literature and History. (Autumn, 1994): 1-14.