Acknowledgments
Acknowledgment must first be made to those whom
AIDS/HIV
has in-
fected or killed; like those who continue to fight the epidemic every day,
their courage is amazing and their examples inspiring.
Research for this project has been supported in part by grants from the
National Council of Teachers of English and the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign Graduate College Research Board. Throughout its
evolution, this work has also been supported in countless ways, both
intellectual and material, by the academic units at the University of Il-
linois to which I have the good fortune to belong: the College of Medicine
at Urbana-Champaign, the Institute of Communications Research, the
Women's Studies Program, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive
Theory. I am grateful to other institutions for furnishing me, at crucial
points in this project, with a room of my own: the Ragdale Foundation in
Lake Forest, Illinois; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell Univer-
sity; and the Women's Studies Program at the University of California,
Santa Barbara.
Within the vast network of people committed to ending the
AIDS/HIV
epidemic, the following people have especially helped and inspired me:
Dennis Altman, Allan M. Brandt, Douglas Crimp, Lisa Duggan, Paul
Farmer, Elizabeth Fee, Jan Zita Grover, Nan Hunter, Stephanie Kane,
Katie King, Emily Martin, Richard Parker, Cindy Patton, Steve Rabin, Eve
Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Simon Watney. Intellectual debts to many others
are reflected in the citations throughout this book.
I am indebted to many friends and colleagues for information, materials,
and guidance in interpreting the cultural domains that this project spans:
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Awour Ayudo, Shari Benstock, Edward Brunner,
Lisa Cartwright, Wendy Dallas, Peter Ekstrom, Terry England, Faith
Evans, Henry Finder, Daniel M. Fox, Francine W. Frank, Colin Garrett,
Barrie Grenell, Evelynn Hammonds, Donna Haraway, Brad Hudson, Lau-
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