American Nineteenth-Century Literature: Writing Illness in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

full name / name of organization: 
RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association)
contact email: 
rachel.blumenthal@northwestern.edu

This session welcomes proposals on any aspect of 19th C American literature, but especially those theorizing representations of illness and medicine. We invite papers that address autobiography, fiction, philosophy, poetry, diaries, and science writing. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

--madness and mental illness
--doctor/patient relationships
--the home, hospital, and asylum
--legal insanity
--epidemics
--the wounded body or soul
--pain
--pathographies, case studies, patient-authored narratives
--invalidism
--disability studies
--narrative ethics
--nurse-roles and healthcare

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
interdisciplinary
science_and_culture