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Michael Shapiro

Slavic and Semiotic Studies
Brown University

Michael Shapiro, Professor Emeritus of Slavic and Semiotic Studies at Brown, was born in Yokohama, spent World War II in Japan, and grew up speaking Russian, Japanese, and English. He earned degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCLA (A. B., ‘61) and Harvard (A. M., ‘62; Ph. D. ‘65). Besides Brown and Columbia, he has taught at UCLA, Princeton, UC Berkeley, and Green Mountain College, and has given over one hundred public lectures to academic audiences in the United States and Europe. He is the co-author, with his late wife the medievalist and Renaissance scholar Marianne Shapiro, of Figuration in Verbal Art (1988) and The Sense of Form in Literature and Language (2nd ed., 2009). An expanded second edition of his most recent book, The Speaking Self: Language Lore and English Usage, will be published by Springer in 2017.