The President's Glands: Somatic Interiority and the Referents of Biographical Fction in American Adulterer

Catherine Belling*

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ABSTRACT: In the biographical novel American Adulterer, physician Jed Mercurio recounts President Kennedy's life as the story of a sick body. This experiment and its reception expose biofiction's conventional assumptions regarding human interiority and reveal alternative, bodily interiors, knowable largely through medical discourse, which work as the biographical novel's biological referents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-82
Number of pages24
Journala/b: Auto/Biography Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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