To put it simply, I have a lot of people to thank. A crucial research leave
during 1999–2000 was supported by the University of Texas and the
Rockefeller Foundation. Ron Grele and Mary Marshall Clark of Colum-
bia University’s Oral History Research Office, where I had a Rockefeller
fellowship, were superb colleagues; their introduction to the practice of
oral history has permanently changed my scholarship. Before that Diana
Taylor and José Muñoz helped me get to New York by arranging for me
to teach in the Department of Performance Studies at New York Uni-
versity, an experience—especially my conversations with the students in
Trauma Cultures and Feminism and the Public Sphere—that vitalized my
project. Audiences at numerous universities, including NewYork Univer-
sity, the University of California at Los Angeles, Duke University, Dart-
mouth College, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at City Univer-
sity of New York’s Graduate Center, Rice University, the University of
Wisconsin at Milwaukee,Trent University, Barnard College, and the Uni-
versity of Chicago contributed to my thinking, and I want to thank my
Paisley Currah, Susan Lurie and Lynne Huffer, Kristie Hamilton, Richard
Dellamora, Janet Jakobsen, and Kathleen Frederickson. I’ve also bene-
fited from my association with New York University’s Trauma Studies
Institute and especially Jack Saul’s unexpected enthusiasm for my work.
The process of writing this book has been embedded in a life made
richer by circles of friends in many places. My University of Texas cohort
includes Phil Barrish, Sabrina Barton, Barbara Harlow, Lisa Moore, Ann
Reynolds, Gretchen Ritter, Katie Stewart, and many graduate students,
including mydissertation group and thosewho took myTrauma Cultures
course. The experience of living in New York as I moved toward com-
pletion of this work remains indelible. I can’t imagine having finished
without the help of the Faculty Working Group in Queer Theory at New
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