David Greetham was born in the United Kingdom, did his undergraduate work at Oxford University, taught in Germany before coming to the United States in 1967, and earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center. He has been a member of the CUNY faculty since 1967, first at Queensborough Community College and then at the Graduate Center. He is the founder of the Society for Textual Scholarship.
Greetham’s wide-ranging scholarly interests include interdisciplinary textual theory; interactive technology; textualities; scholarly editing and bibliographical studies; history of the book, authorship, and reception; medieval English literature; history of literary criticism; critical theory; and culture criticism. Among his major publications are Textual Scholarship: An Introduction (1994), Scholarly Editing: A Guide to Research (1996), Textual Transgressions: Essays Toward the Construction of a Biobibliography (1997), The Margins of the Text (1997), Theories of the Text (1999), and The Pleasures of Contamination (2010). His current projects include “theory of adaptation,” copyright in a digital environment, and the concept of the “unfinished” work.