I AM EXTREMELY grateful to many people for their advice, feedback, and support in the development of this project, from its inception during my doctoral studies through to the completion of the book. By far the biggest debt I owe is to Peter Krämer, whose intellectual scope and acuity permeate the pages below. The day that Peter first offered to read a draft chapter of my doctoral work at Keele University was my luckiest, for since then he has expertly and meticulously guided this project while schooling me in all aspects of my fledgling academic career. I cannot imagine a better mentor and friend, and therefore I dedicate this book to you, Peter.
Thanks to Ann Miller, Anne Routon, and Michael Haskell at Columbia University Press for their professionalism and interest in this project. I would also like to thank Gregory McNamee, who edited this manuscript promptly and precisely. Thanks to Amma Donkor, Rachael Johnson, David Sanjek, and Matt Smith for making the hunt for lyric reprint permissions less painful. I would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, which awarded me two grants to conduct research and prepare this manuscript for publication. I would also like to thank the British Academy, the Bruce Centre for American Studies at Keele