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David Morris

Discipline: English Writing and Literature

Professor David Morris, writer and scholar, crosses numerous boundaries. His work in 18th- century British literature resulted in two prize-winning books, including Alexander Pope: The Genius of Sense (1984). Thereafter he began to study pain, at the crossroads of medicine and of the humanities, and his book The Culture of Pain (1991) won a prestigious PEN prize. He then resigned a full professorship, turned his attention to the environment, and spent the next twenty years as a self-employed writer. Earth Warrior (1995) tells the story of a ship-ramming, anti-driftnet campaign he went on with environmental activist Captain Paul Watson. In 2002, he returned to academic life as University Professor at the University of Virginia: a special appointment as full professor split between English and Medicine. He has lectured and written on pain for a wide variety of medical audiences, including plenary addresses to the major national and international associations of pain medicine. He continues to lecture and to write on the border of medicine and the humanities. His most recent book, Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age (1998), has been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Serbian. He is also co-founder and former co- director of the Taos Writing Retreat for Health Professionals. He received a PhD from the University of Minnesota, and his current title is Emeritus Professor of English, University of Virginia.