Shapiro, Henry

Henry Shapiro
PhD, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University;
MA, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University;
BA, Classics, Columbia College
Part Time Associate Teaching Professor

I often say that I have three professional lives, as a teacher, as a writer, and as a professional pianist. But these careers fertilize and fortify each other. My teaching and thinking about Literature focus on  how the art simultaneously faces inward on its own history and outward in its complex relations to society and culture. My fiction helps me understand how a narrative or a poem works and wants to accomplish; my work as a musician leads me naturally to my long-time interest in interdisciplinary studies.
Courses Taught:
  • Shakespeare: Plays About the Journey
  • The Fortunes of Odysseus
  • Classical Epic
  • Modernism in Music, Painting and Literature (with Stuart Shedletzky; UULS course)
Recent Publications:
  • "It all came out all right" in Salt River Review, Summer 2001
  • Schumann Piano Trios, (CD) Town Hall Label to appear in 2006
  • With West End Piano Trio, at New School (2000-2004)
  • Ashmont Hill Chamber Music (2000-2004)
  • Soloist at Bloomingdale House of Music (2002)
  • Readings of original fiction at The New School (2000-2004)
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room 463
New York, NY  10011
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Research Interests:
Shakespeare; Interdisciplinary studies of 19th and 20th-century Music and Literature; Ongoing Production of Original Fiction.
Awards and Honors:
  • Distinguished University Teaching Award, New School University, Fall 2002
  • Fullbright Scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, England 1967-1969

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