There are a number of people who have been a tremendous help
with this work.
would like to thank first and foremost my reviewers
and Sharon Parks-Torian, senior editorial assistant at Duke Univer-
sity Press, for all their support, encouragement, and tenacity. This
manuscript is what it is because of them.
can't begin to thank them
for rereading the manuscript each time (three times to be precise)
decided to add another chapter.
The enthusiasm and support of Reynolds Smith, executive editor
at Duke University Press, are catching.
greatly appreciate the leads
on the "Hottentot Apron."
Georges Van Den Abbeele has believed in this project from its
rather ambitious beginnings.
have valued his mentoring through
the years. Edward
Ahearn, my dissertation director at Brown Uni-
versity, has always been there to generously give advice and much
am grateful to
Lionnet for the sug-
gestions regarding Baudelaire.
thank Robert Bernasconi, Thadi-
ous Davis, Christopher Dunn, Michael E. Dyson, Karen Fields, Joy
James, Valerie Orlando, Nell Painter, Tiffany Patterson, Marjorie
Salvodon, Brother Yonah Seleti, and (during fall
the people at
Princeton University's Shelby Cullom Davis Center for their feed-
would also like to thank my colleagues at Purdue Univer-
sity and the colleagues with whom
interacted during my visiting
semester appointment at Tulane University for all of their support.
Versions of chapters
and 3 were previously published in
Symposium: A QuarterlyJour-
nal ofModern Foreign Languages