Research for The Ridiculous Jew: The Exploitation and Transformation of a Stereotype in Gogol, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky was supported by grants from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School. I owe a great deal to all those who read the manuscript, either the whole or parts, and offered suggestions for improvement. I also benefited greatly from those who helped with aspects of the research and over the years engaged me in conversation on the representation of Jews in nineteenth-century Russian literature. I would particularly like to thank the late Victor Terras, David Bethea, J. Thomas Shaw, Gabrielle Safran, Brian Horowitz, John Klier, Judith Kornblatt, Harriet Murav, Madeline Levine, Leo Livak, and the editors and readers of the Slavic and East European Journal and PMLA. I would again like to thank my wife for her love, support, and editorial assistance, all of which were crucial to the maturation and publishing of this book.