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David Pike
Professor of German


Ph.D., Germanic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University
20th Century Literature, East German & Soviet Culture & Politics

Intellectual Biography & Awards

I have spent the better part of my professional life studying cultural issues associated with the ideological and political history of German communism. Though questions of politics and literature fascinated me from the beginning (my first article was on Solzhenitsyn’s One Life in the Day of Ivan Denisovitch, and I took a very early interest in German exile literature), it was almost by chance that I came across the subject of my first book, German Writers in Soviet Exile, 1933-1945. I hope to develop the narrative further to cover the years 1950 through 1956.

Recent Publications

The Politics of Culture in Soviet-Occupied Germany, 1945-1949. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993.

Lukács und Brecht. Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag, 1986

German Writers in Soviet Exile, 1933-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1982.

Политика СВАГ в области культуры, науки и образования: цели, методы, результаты 1945 – 1949. Сборник документов. Отв. Ред. и составители Н.П. Тимофеевна и Я. Фоитцик. М.: «Росспэн», 2006.

Деятельность Управления СВАГ по изучению достижений немецкой науки и техники в Советской зоне оккупации Германии 1945-1949. Сборник документов. Отв. ред В.В.Захаров. Сост. В.В.Захаров, О.В. Лавинская, Д.Н. Нохотович. – М.: «Росспэн», 2007.

Советская военная администрация в Германии. 1945-1949. Справочник. Отв. ред Я. Фоицик, Т.В. Царевскяа-Дякина, А.В. Доринин. М.: «Росспэн», 2009.


Frequently Taught Courses

  • GERM 51: Cultural and Other Perspectives
  • GERM 59: Defenders
  • GERM 251: Ideology and Aesthetics: Marxism and Literature
  • GERM 255: Germany and the Cold War: From Allied Occupation to Division and Reunification (1945-1990)

Additional Information

For more information about Dr. Pike, see his Curriculum Vitae