Book: The Religious Body Imagined
Chapter: 7. A Myth of Holism: In/Visible Fragmentations and Wounded Being
When we are talking about healing, what are we looking at? When we ask someone to heal, what are we interested in? When we advocate for a restoration, a rehabilitation, a return, what are our primary stakes? Investigating theories of trauma, and conversations surrounding traumatic injury, ideas of individual physical, emotional, or psychological reconstitution become central. In other words, the assumption that there exists an ideal constitution of personal health and wellbeing contribute to a “myth of holism” as a marker that all traces of trauma can be refigured, passed over, or removed becomes a moral campaign, marking the body as a carrier of religious idealism. Utilizing the entry point of popular culture via AMC’s series The Walking Dead, this paper seeks to investigate the religious body as a carrier of traumatic traces situating “woundedness” as, at once, a site of violent interrelation and transcendent of its own fleshy domain.