Cynthia J. Davis, Professor of English University of South Carolina
Cynthia J. Davis is a Professor of English and an Associate Dean at the University of South Carolina. She specializes in US literature from the Civil War to World War II, with emphases in medical humanities, literary history, and gender studies. Her essays have appeared in such journals as American Literature, American Literary History, and Arizona Quarterly. Her other books include a study of the influence of medicine on American Literature from 1845 to 1915 (Stanford, 2000) and a biography of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Stanford, 2010).
Introduction: Pain and Postbellum American Sensibilities PART ONE. High Realism 1. "The Taste of Life": Suffering, Literary Mode, and Howellsian Realism 2. "No Pain and No Consciousness": The James Siblings, Anesthesia, and Suffering 3. "The blind dread of physical pain": Edith Wharton against the New Thought PART TWO. Curious Realism 4. Stubborn Fractions: Mark Twain, Christian Science, and Pain 5. Charles Chesnutt's Realist Vision Epilogue: "True Realism" and a "Truer World"
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