Shapiro, Ann R. 1937- (Emily Greenspan)

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Shapiro, Ann R. 1937- (Emily Greenspan)


Born February 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY; daughter of Murray (a lawyer) and Jeanette Rabinowitz; married Donald Shapiro, February 2, 1958 (divorced, 1986); partner of Paul Ehrlich (in broadcast news); children: (with Shapiro) Rona, Emma Morgan, Edward. Ethnicity: "Jewish American." Education: Harvard University, A.B. (cum laude), 1958, M.A.T., 1960; New York University, Ph.D., 1985. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Theater, tennis, ballet, reading.


Home—New York, NY. Office—Department of English, State University of New York at Farmingdale, Framingdale, NY 11735; fax: 212-831-3308. E-mail—[email protected]


Rider College, Lawrenceville, NJ, instructor in English, 1962-65; Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY, instructor in English, 1966-67; State University of New York at Farmingdale, Farmingdale, distinguished teaching professor of English and humanities, 1974—, director of Writing across the Curriculum, 1987-93, and Writing in the Disciplines, 2002—. Harvard University, founding member of Committee for the Equality of Women; guest lecturer at educational institutions, including Radcliffe College, Columbia University, Jewish Theological Seminary, and University of Connecticut.


Modern Language Association of America (and its Women's Caucus), Association for Jewish Studies, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, National Council for Research on Women.


Fellow of Salzburg Seminars, 1988; grants from National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990 and 1994; Judaica Reference Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries, 1996, for Jewish American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook.


Unlikely Heroines: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Woman Question, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1987.

(Editor) Jewish-American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1994.

Contributor to books, including coauthor of introduction, Sarah Orne Jewett, A Country Doctor, New American Library (New York, NY), 1986; and Smashing the Idols, edited by Gary Eisenberg, Jason Aronson (New York, NY), 1988; and Yards and Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History, edited by Laurel Ulrich, Palgrave/Macmillan (New York, NY), 2004. Contributor of articles and reviews to academic journals, including Radical Teacher, Shofar, Studies in American Jewish Literature, MultiCultural Review, Harvard Magazine, and Signs.


Ann R. Shapiro once told CA: "Although most of my writing has been academic, everything I have written has grown out of very personal concerns. I became interested in nineteenth-century American women writers, the subject of Unlikely Heroines: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Woman Question, because they, like I, were told that women occupied a separate sphere, circumscribed by home and children. (The 1950s were more comparable to the 1850s for middle-class women than to any other historic period before or since.) I wrote about Jewish American women writers at a time when Jewish American literature still omitted most women. Now I am researching Edna Ferber, a woman who overcame both anti-Semitism and misogyny to be hailed by many as the foremost writer of her day."

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