This book would never have seen print without the help of many colleagues, friends, and family. At Rutgers University, I thank Marcia Ian, who threw me a lifeline at a crucial moment in my career. Her personal courage, intellectual prowess, and emotional openness sustained me through the first writing of this book. I am forever grateful to her. I also thank Wesley Brown and Richard Miller. In addition, I am grateful to Donald Gibson, Michael McKeon, Carolyn Williams, Barry Qualls, and Ann Baynes Coiro, who went out of their way to support me in subtle and not so subtle ways. I also thank Dr. Monica Devanus of the Teaching Excellence Center for inviting me to teach in an interdisciplinary program on AIDS and the Women's Studies Program for supporting my course on women and AIDS.
At the City University of New York, I would first like to thank the Faculty Publications Program and its 1998—99 members, Frederick De Naples, Carlyle Thompson, Cheryl Fish, and most especially, Linda Grasso and Nora Eisenberg, for their careful reading of drafts and their unwavering faith in my ideas and writing. Members of the English Department at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, have also assisted in the completion of this book. First, I would like to thank my chair, Sandra Hanson, for her support, and my mentor, Phyllis Van Slyck, for her time and friendship. Gail Green-Anderson, Leonard Vogt, Tom Fink, Liza Fiol-Matta, and Adesimba Bashir also of