Assistant Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
Whitney Trettien is a scholar, teacher, and assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work explores the deep history of literary technologies, from early printed books and library classification systems to digital forms and formats. Her first book project, Cut/Copy/Paste, tells the story of three marginal early modern communities that published bespoke books with scissors and paste. It is being staged digitally on the Manifold platform, where the text is enriched with digital resources like datasets, facsimiles, and social network visualizations. She is currently writing about the intersection of media studies and book history and collaborating on a digital edition of an early modern woman’s commonplace book.