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Whitney Trettien

Assistant Professor of English

Fisher-Bennett Hall 317

Office Hours

summer 2018

by appointment

Whitney Trettien researches the history of the book and other text technologies from print to digital, taking a particular interest in how women wrote in, cut up, and collected books in the early modern period. Her work is invested in exploring the past to better understand the present.

Her forthcoming book Cut/Copy/Paste — under contract with the Manifold Scholarship imprint of University of Minnesota Press — tracks the use of fragmented texts across three early modern "makerspaces," using visualizations to resituate the field of bibliography in relation to digital humanities and media studies. She has published on textile metaphors in Isabella Whitney, print-on-demand publishing, and digital humanities, and has co-edited Provoke!, a web-based collection of sonic scholarship. A print companion, Digital Sound Studies, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is also the co-editor and co-designer of thresholds, an occasional digital zine for creative/critical scholarship. 

Trettien received her PhD from Duke University and has an MS in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. 

Articles and Book Chapters

"Creative Destruction and the Digital Humanities" in The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature and Culture (2018)
"‘The Greatest and Best Engraver in the Universe’: Benjamin Franklin’s Leaf Prints" in Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff (2017)
"Circuit-Bending History: Sketches Toward a Schematic" in Humanities and the Digital, edited by Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg (2014)
"Media Matters: Vanishing Transliteracies in Beowulf and Samuel Pepys’ Diary" in Textual Culture, Cultural Texts, 1000-2010 (2010)

Courses Taught

fall 2018

ENGL 034.001 Cultures of the Book  
ENGL 208.301 The Digital Lives of Books  

spring 2018

ENGL 208.301 Digital Lives of Books  
ENGL 505.402 Digital Humanities  

fall 2017