✂  Whitney Trettien 

I’m an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where I write and teach on the history of text technologies, from early printed books to digital forms and formats. I’m particularly interested in how people have used paper media over time, cutting and pasting and assembling texts, as well as the stories that books tell about past lives. I frequently turn to digital tools to illuminate these textured histories and have collaborated on a number of digital humanities projects.

My first book, Cut/Copy/Paste: Fragments from the History of Bookwork, considers radical, bespoke publishing in seventeenth-century England and what it can teach us about digital media today. It was released in December 2021 by University of Minnesota Press. You can buy and read it in print, or read an open access digital version on Manifold, where the same text is enriched with digital resources, including datasets, images, editions, maps, and social networks.

I am also co-editor of Digital Sound Studies, released in 2018 by Duke University Press, and the co-founder of an occassional digital zine, thresholds. For other published work, please visit my Penn faculty page.

You can get a good sense of what I’m all about by checking out this interview on the literary blog of Ploughshares. You can also find me chatting on Twitter. I keep my notes online in a publicly-accessible Whiki; use them if you'd like.