MY FIRST YEAR AS A GRADUATE STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF Georgia, I had the good fortune of enrolling in Dr. Rosemary Franklin's seminar on Walt Whitman and Dr. Anne Williams's seminar on the Gothic. Dr. Franklin's knowledge and deep appreciation of Whitman and nineteenth-century literature fostered my own love of the poet and the period. Dr. Williams's application of Lacanian and Kristevan theory to gothic literature was nothing less than brilliant. To each of these professors, I am grateful.
I would also like to thank Claudia Shorr, reference librarian at the Gwinnett University Center, for her cheerful assistance over the years with my various research projects.
Finally, I thank my husband, Kevin, for his unending support that shows no signs of waning. I especially thank him for the hours spent at copy machines.