Acknowledgments
This book has benefited enormously from the careful reading, insightful
criticism, and thoughtful comments of manycolleagues and friends, and the
few words offered here can only begin to repay them. Thanks go first to
ChandraMukerji,whohasbeenformanyyearsanunfailingmentorandcritic,
andmyfirstinspirationforthisproject.IalsooweadebtofgratitudetoEric
Smoodin,whogaveunselfishlyofhisknowledgeofcinemahistoryingeneral,
andofDisneyinparticular.TheCriticalStudieswritinggroupattheUniversity
ofCalifornia,SanDiego,listenedcarefullytovariousversionsofthisworkand
pushedmetomakemoreof it.Inparticular,groupmembersPatrickCarroll
and Corynne McSherry questioned weak points and celebrated strong ones,
andIhavesufferedtheircriticismquitehappily.HowardBrick,MargaretGarb,
Timothy Parsons, Mark Pegg, and Robert Vinson at Washington University,
St.Louis,alsoprovidedmuch-neededdirection,closereading,andconstruc-
tivesuggestions.Atdifferentandcrucialmoments,HenryJenkinsat mit and
CharlesMcGovern,firstattheSmithsonianandlateratWilliamandMaryCol-
lege,actedwithunstintinggenerosityascriticsandeditors,andIwillalwaysbe
gratefultothem.ShelleyStampintheDepartmentofFilmandDigitalMedia
attheUniversityofCalifornia,SantaCruz,alsoofferedvaluablesupportand
encouragement.
MydeepandsincerethanksgotomyeditorKenWissokerforhavingfaith
inmeasanauthor,andforhisseeminglyendlesspatience,humor,andgood-
will,whichsawmethroughdoubtandhesitationonmorethanoneoccasion.
Courtney Berger and Kate Lothman at Duke University Press were also un-
flaggingintheirsupportandguidance,forwhichIamverygrateful.
IoffermywarmappreciationtoYrjoEngestromandCarolPaddeninthe
CommunicationDepartmentattheUniversityofCalifornia,SanDiego,who
taughtmemuchaboutMarxandaboutthehistoryofchildhood,respectively.
Atvarioustimes,AlisonSchapker,MarkSussman,MarkFrankel,JonNichols,
AnthonyFreitas,andSusanSterneeachofferedinsightsandcritiqueforwhich
Iremainindebted.ThanksarealsoduetoErikKnutzen,KellyCoyne,PatKelly,
andCarolineClercformakingofmytimeinSanDiegoanexperienceinthe
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