Rebecca Shapiro

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Rebecca Shapiro

Courses Taught:

ENG 1101, ENG 1121, ENG 1161, ENG 2000, ENG 2101, ENG 3401


Ph. D., Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Nine-teenth-Century British Literature, ESL, Purdue University

M. A./B. A., The University of Akron, Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Academic Interests:

Sociolinguistics, dictionary writing, and etymology; eighteenth-and nineteenth-century British women writers; Jewish-American authors, the immigrant experience; the literature of passing


Principles of Applied Lexicography: An Historical Anthology, New York: AMS Press, 2015.



“The Wants of Women”: Lexicography and Pedagogy in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century English Dictionaries.” ‘Weak Shrubs and Great Cedars’: Dependence and Independence in the Production, Proprietorship, and Readership of Dictionaries. Ed. Rod McConchie, forthcoming, 2015.

Review essay: The Eighteenth Century. Anne C. McDermott. Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers, edited by Ian Lancashire, vol. 5. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2012. The Intelligencer 28. 2 (2014): 51-53.

“Separated By a Common Culture: Linguistic Relativity In a College Literature Course.” The CATESOL Journal 25.1 (2014), forthcoming.

“Anna Letitia Barbauld.” The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789. General eds. Gary Day and Jack Lynch. 4 vols. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, forthcoming.

 “A Historical Treasury of the English Language.” Age of Johnson 21, forthcoming Fall 2011.

“The Unnatural Mother-Daughter Relationship in Roxana.” Negotiating Motherhood. Ed. Susan Staub. New York:McFarland, 2007.

Review article: The English Novel: An Introduction.  Terry Eagleton.  London: Blackwell, 2004. Eighteenth Century Novel, 2006.

“Teaching Evangelical Women’s Writing to Undergraduates: Can it Be Done?” Teaching British Women Writers.  Ed. Shannon Wooden.  New York: Peter Lang, 2005.

“Educating the English: Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and Essay on Irish Bulls,” Women’s Writing, 10.1 (2003): 73-92.

Berns, Margie, et. al. “Hegemonic Discourse Revisited.” Journal of Applied Linguistics 9.1 (1999): 138-41and Berns, Margie, et. al. “(Re)experiencing Hegemony: The Linguistic Imperialism of Robert Phillipson.” Journal of
Applied Linguistics, 8.2 (1998): 271-82, Rpt. in Controversies in Applied Linguistics. Ed. Barbara Seidlhofer. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2003.

 “Amy Levy.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Ed. William B. Thesing.  Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets. Detroit: Gale, 2001.


The Cambridge History of the English Novel. Ed. Robert L. Caserio and Clement Hawes. Cambridge University Press, 2012. CHOICE (2012).

Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions. James E. Clapp, et. al. Yale University Press, 2011. Dictionaries 33 (2012 ): 266-268.

Halsey, Katie. Jane Austen and Her Readers, 1786-1945. London: Anthem Press, 2012. CHOICE (2012).

British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century: An Anthology. Eds. Paula R. Backscheider and Catherine E. Ingrassia. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.The Scriblerian (2011): forthcoming.

Telling Stories: Language, Narrative, and Social Life (Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics). Eds. Deborah Schiffrin, Anna De Fina and Anastasia Nylund. Georgetown University Press. CHOICE (2011):

Red, Black, and Jew. Stephen Katz. University of Texas Press, 2009. CHOICE (2010):

Austen's Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury. Karen Valihora. University of Delaware Press, 2010. CHOICE (2011):

Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries. Ed. Sheila E. Jelen, Michael P. Kramer, and L.Scott Lerner. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. CHOICE (2011):

Oroonoko: Adaptations and Offshoots. Susan B. Iwanisziw. Alershot, UK: Ashgate, 2006. The Scriblerian, forthcoming.

The Rhetoric of Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century Culture.  Paul Goring.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005.  The Scriblerian, 40 (2007-8): 162-63.

Forging Connections: Women’s Poetry from the Renaissance to Romanticism.  Eds. Anne K. Mellor, Felicity Nussbaum, and Jonathon F. S. Post.  San Marino, CA: Huntington Library Press, 2002. The Scriblerian 40(2007-8): 178-79.

Life Writings by British Women Writers, 1660-1815. Eds. Carolyn Barros and Johanna M. Smith. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2000. The Scriblerian 37 (2004): 78.

English Pronunciation in the Eighteenth Century. Joan Beales.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. The Scriblerian 36(Spring 2004): 201-2.

“Laurence Sterne and the Ethics of Sexual Difference: Chiasmic Narration and Double Desire. Elizabeth Kraft.Christianity and Literature, 51 (Spring 2002), 363-385. The Scriblerian 34 (Spring/Summer 2003): 167-68.

Men’s Work: Gender, Class, and the Professionalization of Poetry, 1160-1784. Linda Zionkowski. New York:Palgrave, 2001, The Scriblerian 33 (Fall/Winter 2002): 31-32.

“Guy Fawkes, Dr. Slop, and the Actions of Providence.”Martha F. Bowden. Philological Quarterly 76.4 (1997): 437-453, The Scriblerian, 32.2 (2000): 320-1.

Menippean Satire and the Poetics of Wit. Garry Sherbert. New York: Peter Lang, 1996, The Scriblerian 32.1 (1999): 259-60.

Madness, Masks, and Laughter. R. D. V. Glasgow. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 10.2 (1997): 231-34.

Conference presentations:

“Roundtable on Pedagogy,” Columbia School Linguistic Society Institute for the Study of Form, Meaning, and Human Behavior in Language, New York City, NY, August 2014.

“‘Are You My Mother?’ ‘No!’: Nurturing In and Out of the Classroom.” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, March 2014.

“Eighteenth-Century Versions of Linguistic Field Work and the ‘Vulgar’ Tongue.” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University, UK., January 2014.

"Religion, Lexicography, and Ladies." Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, London, ONT, October 2013.

“Robert Cawdrey’s Retiring Women: Religious Life and Recusancy.” East Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, November 2013.

“Language for Ladies.” Dictionary Society of North America, Athens, GA, June 2013.

“Masculinity, Power, and the Jew Bill of 1753.” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Cleveland, March 2013.

“Teaching Law through Literature.” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Cleveland, March 2013.

“Works in Progress: My Dictionary Book.” East Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Baltimore, November 2012.

“Separated By a Common Language: Teaching British Literature to New York City Undergraduates Across Time, Space, and Generations.” Literary London, Institute for English Studies, London, 2010.

“The Harmless Drudge's Guide to Editing Prefaces and Theoretical Front Matter in Dictionaries Before the OED.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Albuquerque, 2010.

“Making Adminstration and Scholarship Work.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond, VA, March 2009.

"Constant Commenting: Language and Conversation in Tristram Shandy”  East Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Washington, DC, November 2008.

“After Locke: Prescriptivism and Descriptivism in Maria Edgeworth’s Children’s Literature.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Portland, OR, March 2008.

“Anaphora in Tristram Shandy.”  International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Montpellier, France, July 2007.

“Newgate College: The Practical Education of Moll Flanders.” Literary London, University of Greenwich, UK, January 2006.

“Harrington and Ivanhoe.”  Jews and British Romanticism, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London, January 2006.

“Education and Quixotism in Wollstonecraft and Hamilton,” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. St.Hughes College, Oxford University, UK.  January 2006.

“Jews, Masculinity and the Gothic.”  American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Montreal, March 2006.

“Roxana in the City.” Literary London, Kingston University, Kingston, UK, July 2005.

“Masculinity in Three of Austen’s Novels.” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. St. Hughes College,Oxford University, UK. January 2005.

“The Effects of Unnatural Exuberance in Maria Edgeworth’s Children’s Literature.” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. St. Hughes College, Oxford University, UK. January 2004.

“Dynamic Masculinity in Bage and Scott.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Quebec City, October 2002.

“Masculinity in Northanger Abbey, Wild Irish Girl, and Ivanhoe.” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. New York City, October 2002.

“Fostering Better Writing Through a Freshman Composition Conference.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (4C). Chicago, March 2002.

“Commerce and Motherhood in Defoe's Roxana.” British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Cambridge, UK., January, 2002.

“Domestic (M)Otherhood: The “Unnatural” Mother/Child Relationship in Defoe's Fiction.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Philadelphia, November 2001.

“Widening the Sphere of Influence: A Freshman Composition Conference” SC/MLA. Tulsa, November 2001.

“Educating the English: Linguistic Imperialism and Pedagogy in Castle Rackrent and Essay on Irish Bulls.” British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Oxford, U.K., January 2001.

“Reading Tristram Shandy”. Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Toronto, October 2000.

“A Shanda fur der Goyim: Anti-Semitism in Amy Levy’s Reuben Sachs.” Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers. Albuquerque, NM, September, 1999.

“The Troubles with Maria Edgeworth’s English.” SA/MLA. Atlanta, GA, November 1998.

“Gender and the 1753 Jew Bill.” Midwest Jewish Studies Association. Chicago, October 1998.

“Dis-eased Constructions of Masculinity and Jewishness in Maria Edgeworth's Harrington.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Edmonton, September 1998.

“Selling Yourself on the Market.” East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Collegeville, PA, October 1997.

"What My Mother Didn't Tell Me About Writing a Dissertation." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Worcester, MA, September 1996.

"Mary Wollstonecraft: Anachronistically Critiquing Pedagogy of the Oppressed." Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers. Columbia, SC, March 1996.

"Expatriation and Independence in the Letters and Journals of Frances Burney." Midwest Modern Language Association. St. Louis, November 1995.

"But You Don't Look Jewish!: Avoiding the Typecast in Scholarship." Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Minneapolis, October 1995.

"Anti-Semitism With and Without Jews in Maria Edgeworth's Harrington." East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Newark, DE, October 1995.

"Learning Authority: From Graduate Student to Scholar.” The Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. State College, PA, July 1995.

The Female Quixote Through Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations." Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Bloomington-Normal, IL, October 1994.

"A Resisting Reading of Jessica in Castle Rackrent.” Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers. East Lansing, MI, April 1994.

 Current Projects: 
*Editorial consultant for AMS Press and Associated University Presses

*Reviewer and Editor for various adult and children’s dictionaries: Oxford University Press, Collins, Scholastic

*Principles of Applied Lexicography: A Historical Anthology, under contract with AMS Press.

Editorial Consultant, Visual Thesaurus, 2010-present

Grants and Awards

PSC-CUNY Summer Stipend, 2014

William Stewart Travel Award, CUNY Academy, 2014

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