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Rebecca Bushnell

School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae
Fisher-Bennett Hall 115
215-898-9526

Office Hours

fall 2016

Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:30;  email me for an appointment if you have a conflict.

Rebecca Bushnell is the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught  since 1982.  She received a BA from Swarthmore, an  MA from Bryn Mawr, and a Ph.D in  Comparative Literature from Princeton University. Her books include Prophesying Tragedy: Sign and Voice in Sophocles' Theban Plays; Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought & Theater in The English Renaissance; A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice; and Green Desire, a study of early modern English gardening books. She has also published  A Companion to Tragedy and Tragedy: A Short Introduction. Her new book, forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillian, is called Tragic Time in Drama, FIlm, and Videogames: The Future in the Instant.

Professor Bushnell has received an ACLS research fellowship and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, as well as an NEH grant for Teaching with Technology. Professor Bushnell served as Associate Dean for the Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences from 1998-2003, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-2004, and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2005-2013.  She is immediate Past  President of the Shakespeare Association of America. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Library Company of Philadelphia, Princeton Day School, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and a member of the Advisory Board of Managers of the Morris Arboretum.

Books:

  • Prophesying Tragedy: Sign and Voice in Sophocles' Theban Plays (Cornell 1988)
  • Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought and Theater in the English Renaissance (Cornell 1990)
  • A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice (Cornell 1996)
  • King Lear and Macbeth (Pegasus Press 1996)
  • Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens (Cornell 2003)
  • A Companion to Tragedy (Blackwell 2005)
  • Tragedy: A Short Introduction (Blackwell 2007)
  • Tragic Time in Drama, Film and Videogames: The Future in the Instant (Palgrave 2016)

Courses:

Professor Bushnell has taught these courses in the past that focus on the teaching of literary research and method and the culture of the early modern period.

  • English 709: Renaissance Languages
  • English 271: Political Theater
  • English 305: Literary Research and Method
  • English 20: Literature before 1660
  • English 16: Tragedy
  • English 330: New Approaches to Renaissance Studies
    This course used the Web and other electronic technology to redesign the way we approach teaching the culture of the early modern period. This course is based on an earlier version, English 30, taught in the fall of 1995. (Its Web page was designed by Jamey Saeger, now at Vassar College.)

In addition, in collaboration with James Saeger, Michael Ryan and James Kearney, Professor Bushnell developed the "virtual" version of the Furness Shakespeare Library located in the Center for Electronic Text and Image of the Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania.

Publications

Doctoral Dissertations Chaired

2003

Owen Williams "Trials of Conscience: Criminalizing Religious Dissidence in Elizabethan England"

1998

Theresa Suriano "Source and Discourse: Readings into Hamlet/Readings out of Hamlet"

1997

Peter Parolin "Not so Fitted a Place: English Identity and Italian Different in Early Modern England"

1995

Suzane Neureiter "Mapping Early Modern Witchcraft: A Study of Pamphlet, Treatise, and Drama"

1992

Christopher Fassler "Coriolanus, Community, Theatre and 17th Century Commonwealth"

1991

Elisabeth Magnus "Escaping the Dominion of Grace: Holy Power and the Mystic Subversion in 17th Century Texts"

Courses Taught

spring 2017

fall 2016

ENGL 020.301 Literature Before 1660  

spring 2016

fall 2015

fall 2014

ENGL 103.401 Tragedy  
ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy  

fall 2013

ENGL 103.401 Tragedy  

fall 2012

ENGL 020.301 Literature Before 1660  

fall 2011

ENGL 016.301 Tragedy cancelled  

fall 2010

ENGL 020.301 Literature Before 1660  

fall 2009

ENGL 016.301 Tragedy  

fall 2008

ENGL 020.001 Literature Before 1660  

fall 2007

ENGL 016.301 Tragedy  

fall 2006

ENGL 016.301 Tragedy  

fall 2005

ENGL 229.401 Tragedy  

spring 2005

ENGL 103.402 Study of a Genre: Tragedy  

fall 2003

ENGL 299.305 Oscar Wilde  

fall 2002

ENGL 731.301 Renaissance Prose  

spring 2002

ENGL 538.401 Renaissance Languages cancelled  

spring 2000

spring 1998

ENGL 299.321 Bible as Literature  

fall 1997

ENGL 201.301 Major British Writers  

spring 1997

ENGL 201.302 Major British Writers  
ENGL 299.338 Independent Study  

spring 1996

ENGL 101.001 Shakespeare  
ENGL 199.310 Multimedia Poetry  
ENGL 299.313 Independent Study  

fall 1995

fall 1994