Wednesday, September 28, 2011

American University Professor Profiles: David Pike

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How do you think of space as a film maker, or a writer? Do you see space as separate from life and characters or are they apart of each other? For Professor David Pike space, and more specifically subterranean space, is just as important as any character or action and is extremely influential with how characters react to events. And this is the same with real life as it is with fiction. Author of Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800–2001 and Subterranean Cities: The World beneath Paris and London 1800–1945; Professor Pike uses the modern underworld to explore and analyze how society uses and reacts to the spaces it occupies and controls, as well as how these often subterranean worlds are used in literature and film.

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