Queer/Early/Modern owesitslifetoaseriesofconferences,‘‘The
Rhetoric of the Other,’’ held four years in succession and devoted
to queer French and Francophone studies. I thank the friends and
colleagues who organized these conferences for providing me with
occasions for thewriting of what would become chapters 2,3, and 4
and foroffering incisive critique and commentaryon each.
sion that inspired my thinking in critical ways.
Chapter 2’s first incarnation was presented at the University of
California, Davis, at a conference titled ‘‘Culture and Materiality’’;
there, Jacques Derrida graciously affirmed its general direction and,
with a few brief remarks, helped me think through the problems
of grammar and subjectivity in lyric poetry.Teresa de Lauretis read
an early draft; her challenging and thoughtful comments made me
revisit my thinking many times. I thank her also for brainstorming
conferencevenues, especiallyat the Universityof California, Berke-
ley; faculty in Italian, rhetoric, and the participants in the Univer-
sity of California, Berkeley, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture
reading group and inaugural conference contributed tremendously
Spackman in particular.
Chapter 4 appears in somewhat abbreviated article form in Femi-
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