✂ 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 current in-progress research projects include Cut/Copy/Paste: Fragments of History, a hybrid print/digital book on bespoke publishing in the seventeenth century, as well as the ongoing digital zine thresholds, coedited and codesigned in collaboration with Frances McDonald. For recent 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 and posting pictures of old books on Pinterest. I keep my notes online in a publicly-accessible Whiki; use them if you'd like. Grab an image and CV here.