ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I first encountered the work of Jean Laplanche in a Freud seminar
taught by Kaja Silverman at the University of California, Berkeley. Leo
Bersani subsequently introduced me to Laplanche’s writings on the
enigmatic signifier in a seminar on sociability. This book would not
exist without either of these inspirational thinkers: they are its two
welcome internal alterities.
Many friends, family members, colleagues, and mentors deserve
thanks for formative input, constructive criticism, helpful free associa-
tions, or necessary distraction during this book’s development. They
include Patty Ahn, Emma Bianchi, Duncan Black, Judith Butler, David
Cast, Seymour Chatman, Sylvia Chong, Timothy Corrigan, Susan
Courtney, Peter X. Feng, Gregg Flaxman, Suzanne Gauch, Oliver
Gaycken, Steven Gontarski, Elena Gorfinkel, Christiane Hertel, Guo-
Juin Hong, Nora Johnson, Jan King, Maura King, Noreen King, Ste-
ven Levine, Lázaro Lima, Heather Love, Catherine Liu, Rei Magosaki,
Bakirathi Mani, Gridley McKim-Smith, Imke Meyer, Rob Miotke,
Jena Osman, Katrin Pahl, Masha Raskolnikov, Rebbie Ratner, B. Ruby
Rich, Katherine Rowe, Sascha Russel, Gayle Salamon, James Salazar,
Lisa Saltzman, Bethany Schneider, Beth Shea, Sheila Sideris, Rosi
Song, Louis-Georges Schwartz, Gustavus Stadler, Jill Stau√er, Kate
Thomas, Karen Tongson, Domietta Torlasco, Michael Tratner, Sharon
Ullman, Linda Williams, Carina Yervasi, Catherine Zimmer, and Tina
Zwarg.
I o√er my deep appreciation to Lee Edelman and the anonymous
Previous Page Next Page