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Whitney Trettien

Whitney Trettien

Assistant Professor of English


Fisher-Bennett Hall 317

Office Hours

fall 2020

Email for a virtual appointment. Available online M/W 2-3pm. 

Whitney Trettien researches the history of the book and other text technologies from print to digital. Her work is invested in exploring the past to better understand our present media environment.

Her forthcoming book Cut/Copy/Paste — being staged on the Manifold Scholarship platform through University of Minnesota Press — identifies three fringe communities that assembled books from fragments of paper media in the seventeenth century. Using digital methods, Trettien's work places these seemingly idiosyncratic textual practices and their materialist poetics within a broader field of literary production. She has published on textile metaphors in the poetry of Isabella Whitney, print-on-demand publishing and Milton's Areopagitica, 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 interventions. 

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 2020

ENGL 034.001 Cultures of the Book  

spring 2020

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