IHAVE LOOKED FORWARD for a long time to the moment when I would be able to thank the friends, teachers, colleagues, and acquaintances who have made this book possible. Many must be unaware of the help they supplied—sometimes no more than a perspicacious suggestion, sometimes no less than a way of life. They have provoked my best efforts and consoled me when I found it impossible to sustain them. Among these I thank first those who have read versions of the manuscript and offered advice and encouragement that made it possible for me to complete it: Amanda Anderson, Laura Brown, Bob Brown, Judith Butler, Cynthia Chase, Walter Cohen, Jonathan Culler, Ann Cvetkovich, Larry Danson, Maria DiBattista, Lynn Enterline, Billy Flesch, Judith Frank, John Guillory, Lanny Hammer, Rosemary Kegl, Tom Keenan, Uli Knoepflmacher, Deborah Nord, Adela Pinch, Jim Richardson, Lora Romero, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Mark Seltzer, Elaine Showalter, Margery Sokoloff, Jennifer Wicke, and an anonymous reader at Princeton University Press.
For help harder to name, I thank Alice Augenti, Phil Barish, Peter Brown, Leslie Brisman, Jill Campbell, Christina Crosby, Richard Elovich, Judy Foster, Diana Fuss, Richard Halpern, Beth Harrison, Phil Harper, Albert O. Hirschman, Walter Hughes, Molly Iuerelli, Haunani Lemn, Jack Levinson, Ann Lewis, Dave Lewis, Wellington Love, Loring McAlpin, Martin McElhiney, Wednesday T. Martin, Michael Meister, Carl Millholland, Wendy Millholland, David Miller, Dick Moran, John Murphy, Jill Nunokawa, Joyce Nunokawa, Scott Nunokawa, Walter Nunokawa, Lee Putnam, Laura Quinney, Gabriel Ramirez, Marcia Rosh, Adam Rolston, Andrew Ross, Joan Scott, Jim Siegel, Doreen Simpson, Sasha Torres, Tony Vidler, Sharon Willis, and Daniel Wolfe.