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Th e people who must be thanked should also be forgiven for my inability to
make this book into everything they might have wanted from it. Numerous
readers gave their time and energy to help me develop various parts of it:
Eva Cherniavsky, Antonio Viego, Madelyn Detloff , Robert Corber, Zahid
Chaudhary, Michael Hardt, Tyler Curtain, Karla Holloway, Janice Rad-
way, George Haggerty, Molly McGarry, Toril Moi, Linda Zerilli, Lauren
Berlant, Judith Kegan Gardiner, and Rey Chow. Others took up discus-
sions with me at pivotal points, oft en changing my entire direction; these
include Clare Hemmings, Janet Halley, Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan,
Minoo Moallem, Bill Maurer, Brian Carr, Carla Freccero, Laurie Shannon,
Elizabeth Grosz, Donatella Izzo, Liam Kennedy, Jennifer Brody, Sarah
Franklin, Anne Firor Scott, Karen Krahulik, Carolyn Allen, Patricia Clough,
Janet Jakobsen, Annamarie Jagose, Elizabeth A. Wilson, Tom Foster, Steven
Angelides, Ara Wilson, Ranjana Khanna, Meg Wesling, Katrin Sieg, Ralph
Litzinger, Deborah Th omas, Birte Christ, and Sabine Sielke. My thanks to
the feminist scholars of the 2005 “Th ink Again” workshop for their many
insights and inspirations, especially those not already named: Paola Bac-
chetta, Tani Barlow, Tina Campt, Kavita Philip, Priti Ramamurthy, Juana
María Rodríguez, Jenny Terry, Kathi Weeks, and Laura Wexler.
Th is book would not have been possible without the assistance of many
people— from graduate researchers who delivered me from both small and
large mistakes to the absolutely irreplaceable women on the staff of Women’s
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