Literature and the Culture of Wellness

deadline for submissions: 
August 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
C19, “Reconstructions,” March 31-April 2, 2022, Coral Gables, Florida
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CFP: Literature and the Culture of Wellness

C19, “Reconstructions,” March 31-April 2, 2022, Coral Gables, Florida

Organizers: 
Shari Goldberg, Franklin & Marshall College
Arielle Zibrak, University of Wyoming

Before self-care Sunday, Goop, and the Vitamin Shoppe, there were New
Thought, Fletcherism, and Graham crackers. These trends index a
nineteenth-century imaginary that worked through science, philosophy, and
the arts to heal the emergent nexus of body and mind. Our panel seeks to
uncover, interrogate, and learn from C19's cultures of wellness and its
literature. We are curious about how texts distinguish wellness from health
through an affiliation with individualistic self-healing, virtue ethics,
consumerism, and profiteering—and particularly interested in how texts both
engaged and erased raced, classed, and gendered bodyminds in their
rhetoric.

Contributions might address any of the following: How did the emergent
concept of wellness determine meanings for illness and disability? What
relationships accrued between literary texts and remedies for physical and
mental illness? What are the literary genres of wellness and how do they
intersect with more widely understood generic discourses in the period such
as transcendentalism, sentimentalism, or naturalism? What are the moral
dimensions of wellness culture and what do they imply about the ill or
marginalized body? How do we, as scholars and critics, untangle the knot
that wields together capital-steeped therapies, empathy for suffering,
reparative reading practices, and literary history? 

Please send your brief abstract and a one-page CV to azibrak@uwyo.edu
<azibrak@uwyo.edu> and spgoldberg@gmail.com <spgoldberg@gmail.com>. We
welcome submissions from independent scholars and graduate students.