Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell University, New York

Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 1999


Gavriel Shapiro is Professor of Comparative and Russian Literature at Cornell University. Before becoming a literary scholar, Shapiro graduated from Moscow University, majoring in chemistry, and worked as a News Editor for the Russian Division of The Voice of Israel in Jerusalem.

From September to December 1999, Shapiro had worked at the American Academy in Berlin on a book entitled The Sublime Artist’s Studio: Nabokov and Painting (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2009). Shapiro is also the author of Nikolai Gogol and the Baroque Cultural Heritage (1993), Delicate Markers: Subtexts in Vladimir Nabokov’s “Invitation to a Beheading” (1998), and The Tender Friendship and the Charm of Perfect Accord: Nabokov and His Father (2014) as well as the editor of Nabokov at Cornell (2003). Shapiro has also published over sixty articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture, has attended many international conferences, and has been invited to lecture at various universities in the United States and abroad.

A selection of articles:
“Henry Cumming—Vladimir Nabokov’s First Drawing Master.” Nabokov Studies 12 (2009–11) [2013]: 49–62.

“Samopovtorenie: nekotorye nabliudeniia nad literaturnym khoziaistvom Nabokova” [“Self-repetition: Some Observations on Nabokov’s Literary Economy”]. In Antropologicheskie sdvigi perelomnykh epokh i ikh otrazhenie v literature [Anthropological Shifts of Pivotal Epochs and Their Reflection in Literature], 2 vols., ed. T. E. Avtukhovich et al., 2: 259–64. Grodno: Izdatel´stvo Grodnenskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta imeni Ianki Kupaly, 2014.

“Nabokov’s Re-Translation of Southey’s Ballad in Zhukovsky’s Rendition.” The Nabokovian 73 (Fall 2014): 32–40.