David Shumway-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

David Shumway

Professor of English

Office: Baker Hall 245 J
Phone: (412) 268-7176
Fax: (412) 268-7989


I research and teach in American culture and cultural theory. My special interests in American culture include film, popular music, and late nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction. My theoretical interests concern the historical and institutional production of knowledge, cultural politics, and theories of identity. I am the author of Michel Foucault and Creating American Civilization: A Genealogy of American Literature as an Academic Discipline, and Modern Love: Romance, Intimacy, and the Marriage Crisis. I have co-edited Knowledges: Historical and Critical Studies in Disciplinarity, Making and Selling Culture, and Disciplining English. I have just competed American Idols: Seven Rock Stars as Cultural Icons, and I am nearly finished with a study of film director John Sayles. My next project will concern realism across media in the U. S. during the 20th century.


  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • MA, Indiana University
  • BA, New College of Hofstra University

Selected Publications

"French Theory, English Departments, and Cultural Studies in the U. S.," Etudes culturelles, anthropologie culturelle et comparatisme.   Ed. Didier Souiller.  Dijon: Université de Bourgogne, 2009.

"Revisiting Realisms." Special issue, Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 41.2 (Fall 2008).

Modern Love: Romance, Intimacy, and the Marriage Crisis. New York: NYU Press, 2003.