Carnegie Mellon University

David Shumway

David Shumway

Professor of English, English

Address Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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.