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Elaine Treharne

Elaine Treharne’s research and teaching focuses on Early English manuscripts and texts from c. 700 to 1500 and on Text Technologies from the earliest times to the present day. She is particularly interested in the materiality of the manuscript book, its tactile nature, and the multiple layers that make up the codex (its 'architexuality'). Current projects include The Phenomenal Book, analysing the interactions between manuscripts and their users, manuscripts’ digital reproduction and the theoretical implications of touch and the 'voluminous'; Beauty and the Book: Arts and Crafts to Modernism, 1890-1940, which will examine the phenomenology of the book in the work of Elbert Hubbard, Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, Philip Lee Warner and David Jones; the Oxford Very Short Introduction to Medieval Literature (OUP, 2013); and the new four-volume Encyclopaedia of Book History: Manuscript, Print and Digital Technologies for Wiley-Blackwell (2014).

Treharne has written or edited many books: most recently, she has published Living Through Conquest: The Politics of Early English, 1020-1220 (OUP, 2012); the ebook (with her co-directors on an AHRC project), The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220 (; and, with Greg Walker, the Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature (OUP, 2010).

Treharne and Walker are also the General Editors of the OUP series Oxford Textual Perspectives. Treharne is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and, in 2011, was the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa. She has been awarded a number of grants and honors, including an American Philosophical Society Franklin Fellowship and a Princeton Procter Fellowship. She is a Trustee, and former Chair and President, of the English Association (, for whom she is also General Editor of Essays and Studies. She is the Medieval Editor for Review of English Studies, Early Medieval Editor for Blackwell's Literature Compass, Medieval Editor for the Year’s Work in English Studies, and for Oxford Bibliographies Online British and Irish Literature. She serves on numerous Advisory Boards for journals and as a consultant for various international palaeographical and digitization projects.