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Rebecca Bushnell

School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English

Contact

Fisher-Bennett Hall 115
215-898-9526

Office Hours

On leave in spring of 2015; email for an appointment

 

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; normal">Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought & Theater in The English Renaissance; A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice; and normal">Green Desire, a study of early modern English gardening books. She has also  recent published A  Companion to Tragedy and Tragedy: A Short Introduction. She 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 currently the President of the Shakespeare Association of America. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Library Company of Philadelphia and Princeton Day School, and a member of the Advisory Board of Overseers of the Morris Arboretum.

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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)

Courses:

Professor Bushnell has taught these courses in the past that focus on thhe 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 has 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.

Courses Taught

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 2010

ENGL 020.301 Literature Before 1660

fall 2009

ENGL 016.301 Tragedy

fall 2007

ENGL 016.301 Tragedy

fall 2006

ENGL 016.301 Tragedy

fall 2005

ENGL 229.401 Tragedy

spring 2005

fall 2003

ENGL 299.305 Oscar Wilde

fall 2002

ENGL 731.301 Renaissance Prose

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