In telling tales, I have profited from the input of many. Here, I especially want to thank Carolyn Allen for generously reading numerous drafts of the manuscript, prodding me to clarify my arguments and write more straightforward prose. Thanks also to Evan Watkins and Donna Gerstenberger for their continued encouragement and feedback on the book--to Evan, in particular, for asking difficult questions--to Sarah van den Berg for advice on organizing the discussion of Clarissa, and to Teri Stratton for arguing with me about Lacan. Betsy Draine, Eric Rothstein, and Elaine Marks supervised the dissertation that has ultimately become Telling Tales; Jane Gallop helped me to formulate my story of seduction in Freud. I also want to thank the readers of Stanford Press for their critical and political advice; their interventions have played a large part in the book's final shape. Finally, thanks to Helen Tartar for her sympathetic reading and advocacy, Ellen F. Smith for her outstanding copy- editing, and Robin Reid for proofreading. I also thank the Graduate School at the University of Washington for summer research grant support.
An earlier version of Chapter 3 was published in Style 21:2 ( 1987). The second interlude represents a slight reworking of an article that first appeared in Genders ( August 1990), which is published by the University of Texas Press.
For the most part, I have elected to quote from paperback editions in lieu of the Standard Edition of Freud's work because of their ready availability. A second consideration prompted my decision to use the Collier edition of The Early Psychoanalytic Writings. My aim in using the earlier translations of John Rickman and others was to come closer to the original German essays and thus to preserve