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Acknowledgments
The successful publication of any scholarship is a collaborative endeavor. An
undertaking as extensive and time- and energy-consuming as researching and
writing a manuscript and developing it with su≈cient refinement to publish it
requires the cooperative e√ort and dedication of a very large group of people. I
have had since graduate school the very best group of people—those who have
taken all that is at their disposal to give license and direction for others, for
me, to grow.
It is with utmost gratitude that I thank, first and foremost, my two disserta-
tion advisers at New York University (nyu): Elizabeth McHenry and Phillip
Brian Harper. Absolutely central to my own development have been their men-
torship, standard of excellence, and continuous support. All of my successes
to this point are a testament to their generosity, intellectual rigor, exemplary
professionalism, and genuine dedication. And no less to Ross Posnock, Steven
Kruger, and José Muñoz, the other members of my dissertation committee, I
owe sincerest, eternal gratitude. This book is born of the critical conversations
their graduate classes engaged. In its earliest incarnation as a dissertation, this
book benefited tremendously from their support. Over the years, they read
numerous drafts, o√ered critical feedback, and pushed me to refine and re-
think my propositions. Their classes and their individual conversations pro-
vided some of the richest material for the work this book undertakes. I am
grateful to other professors at nyu who took an interest in me and assisted me
greatly in terms of scholarship, funding, and professional preparation: Car-
olyn Dinshaw, Lisa Duggan, John Maynard, Hal Momma, Cyrus R. K. Patell,
and G. Gabrielle Starr.
Since graduate school and throughout my career, I have been blessed to
receive financial support for research. This project has benefited from fellow-
ships awarded by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow
Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the
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