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David Pike

Department of Literature

  • Professor Pike is Faculty Director of AU Honors. His most recent book is Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World (U of Toronto P, 2012). He is the author of Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800–2001 (Cornell UP, 2007); Subterranean Cities: The World beneath Paris and London 1800–1945 (Cornell UP), shortlisted for the 2006 Modernist Studies Association book prize; Passage through Hell: Modernist Descents, Medieval Underworlds (Cornell UP), recipient of the 1997 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools and a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1997; and articles on medieval literature, modernism, film, and Paris and London. He is co-author of Literature: A World of Writing (see link at lower right) and co-general editor of the Longman Anthology of World Literature. In addition to urban culture and the underground, he teaches courses on European and Canadian cinema, film noir, the western, modernism, Dante, Roman literature, and the novel. From 1993 to 1995, Professor Pike was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. Current projects include cold-war culture after the cold war, the 19th century city after the 19th century, and a cultural history of the slum.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Comparative Literature, Columbia University; MA, French, Romance Philology, Columbia University; BA, Film, Literature & Critical Theory, Swarthmore College
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    My office and that magnolia tree that used to be outside my window

    Book Currently Reading:

    Elena Ferrante, The Neapolitan Novels; Mark Halprin, Winter's Tale

    Languages Spoken:

    French, Spanish, German, Italian (reading), Latin (reading)

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    • LIT-360 Topics in Medieval Literature: Medieval Cities
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