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David Pike

Professor Department of Literature

Professor Pike is Chair of the Department of Literature (June 2016-May 2018). 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.


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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CAS - Literature
Battelle Tompkins - 212
Fall 2015: via Skype or phone by appt
Contact Info
(202) 885-2996 (Office)

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  • Spring 2016

    • LIT-360 Topics in Medieval Literature: Medieval Cities
    • Description
  • Fall 2016

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