Like all book projects, this one could have only been brought to completion with the support of numerous colleagues and friends. The first (and perhaps most important) group of people I want to thank are the members of the Working Papers in Gender and Sexuality Group at Vanderbilt University and the Fellows of the 2002–2003 Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. I never dreamed that I would be fortunate enough to work and party with such extraordinary colleagues. Iamin debt to each of you: Brooke Ackerly, Katie Crawford, Carolyn Dever, Lisa Duggan, the fabulous Lynn Enterline, Jose Medina, Chuck Morris, Diane Perpich, Kathryn Schwarz, and Holly Tucker. In addition, Mona Frederick, executive director of the Warren Center, saw me begin this project in my 1998–1999 stint at the center and complete it in the 2002–2003 academic year while I was at the center. Mona makes everything work better and continues to be one of the best benefits of being at Vanderbilt. Thanks to Gaylyn Martin, Sherry Willis, and Paul Burch, each of whom helped the Humanities Center function smoothly.
I owe thanks to each of my colleagues in Communication Studies: Lynn Clarke, Anne Demo, Kass Kovalcheck, Chuck Morris (about