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Rebecca Bushnell

Board of Governors Member since 2015

Rebecca Bushnell is the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors Emerita Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.  She received a BA from Swarthmore, an MA from Bryn Mawr, and a Ph.D in  Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

Her monographs include Prophesying Tragedy: Sign and Voice in Sophocles’ Theban Plays (1988); Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought and Theater in The English Renaissance (1990); A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice (1996); Green DesireImagining Early Modern English Gardens (2003); Tragedy: A Short Introduction (2008); and Tragic Time in Drama, Film, and Videogames: The Future in the Instant (2016). She has also edited A Companion to Tragedy (2005) and a multi-volume Cultural History of Tragedy (2019)Her new book, The Marvels of the World: An Anthology of Nature Writing Before 1700, an anthology of excerpts of premodern writing about the natural world, was published in 2021 by University of Pennsylvania Press. She is also working on projects on virtual theater and videogames.

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 was President of the Shakespeare Association of America. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library and Co-Chair of the Board of the Friends of Bryn Mawr Library.