Barbara Schapiro

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 355
(401) 456-8667
(401) 456-8028
bschapiro@ric.edu

Academic Background

B.A. University of Michigan;
M.A., Ph.D. Tufts University

Barbara Schapiro is Professor of English and Director of the M.A. and M.A.T. programs in English. She has been at the College since 1987, having taught previously at Harvard and Boston University.

Her field of expertise is psychoanalysis and literature, as well as 19th and 20th century British literature. Her book publications include D. H. Lawrence and the Paradoxes of Psychic Life (SUNY Press, 1999), Literature and the Relational Self (NYU Press, 1994), and The Romantic Mother: Narcissistic Patterns in Romantic Poetry (Johns Hopkins U Press, 1984). She is also co-editor of Narcissism and the Text: Studies in Literature and the Psychology of Self (NYU Press, 1986), and she is the author of numerous articles in such journals as American Imago, Mosaic, Pedagogy, Contemporary Literature, and Nineteenth Century Studies. She serves on the editorial board of American Imago and The D. H. Lawrence Review. In 1999-2000 she received Rhode Island College’s Mary Tucker Thorp Award for distinguished scholarly and creative achievement.

She regularly teaches in the college honors program and serves on the College Honors Admissions and Scholarships Committee. Her teaching interests include women’s literature, modern British fiction, trauma theory and literature, and contemporary American short stories.

For fun, she is very active in community theater and serves on the board of The Gazebo Players, an organization that performs Shakespeare in the Park every summer. Favorite acting roles include Prospera in The Tempest, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit.

Courses Taught

ENGL 120 Gender Identity, Love and Power in Literature
ENGL 201 Introduction To Literary Study
ENGL 265 Women’s Stories Across Cultures
ENGL 323 The British Novel and the Modernist Revolution
ENGL 324 Literature By Women
ENGL 460 Seminar In Major Authors & Themes
ENGL 532 Topics Brit Lit Since 1900
ENGL 541 Topics Amer Lit Since 1900

Publications

Books

D. H. Lawrence and the Paradoxes of Psychic Life. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Literature and the Relational Self. New York: New York University Press, 1994.

Narcissism and the Text: Studies in Literature and the Psychology of Self. Co-Editor with Lynne Layton. New York: New York University Press, 1986.

The Romantic Mother: Narcissistic Patterns in Romantic Poetry. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.

Selected Articles

“Love’s Shadow: The Unconscious Underside of Romance in Hardy’s The Woodlanders.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 47.2 (June 2014): 153-167.

“Negotiating a Third Space in the Classroom.” Pedagogy. 9.3 (Fall 2009): 423-439.

"A Modern Psychoanalytic Approach to Sons and Lovers." D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lover's: A Casebook. Ed. John Worthen and Andrew Harrison. New York: Oxford UP, 2005. 91-138.

“Trauma and Sadomasochistic Narrative: Mary Gaitskill’s ‘The Dentist.’” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 38.2 (June 2005): 37-52.

“Psychoanalysis and the Problem of Evil: Debating Othello in the Classroom.” American Imago 60.4 (Winter 2003): 481-499.

“Who’s Afraid of Being Kicked Off the Island? The Psychological Appeal of Survivor.” Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society 7.2 (Fall 2002): 274-279. Revised and updated version reprinted in The Psychology of Survivor. Ed. Richard J. Gerrig. Dallas: BenBella Books, 2007. 3- 14.

Awards and Affiliations

1999-2000 Mary Tucker Thorp Professor

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