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Fugikawa, Kiana Green, Yetta Howard, Alexis Lothian, Stacy Macias,
Alvaro Marquez, Alice- Mihaela Bardan, Gretel Rosas, and Evren Savci,
for making their own contributions to my thinking on alternative peda-
gogies and the pursuit of ignorance.
At a time when, sadly, the idea of subversion has gone out of style,
I still want to pitch my tent with a renegade band of persistently sub-
versive intellectuals: Paul Amar, Alicia Arrizon, Carmen Romero Bachil-
ler, Jennifer Brody, Daphne Brooks, Jayna Brown, Judith Butler, Heather
Cassils, Mel Chen, T. Cooper, Ann Cvetkovich, Harry Dodge, David Eng,
Antke Engel, Kale Fajardo, Roderick Ferguson, Carla Freccero, Rosa-
Linda Fregoso, Elena Glasberg, Gayatri Gopinath, Herman Grey, Domi-
nique Grisard, Aeyal Gross, Christina Hanhardt, Gil Hochberg, Sharon
Holland, John Howard, Silas Howard, Annamarie Jagose, Keri Kanet-
sky, Jane Knox, Tim Lawrence, Ariel Levy, Ira Livingston, Renate Lorenz,
Heather Love, Lisa Lowe, Martin Manalansan, Angela McRobbie, Robert
McRuer, Mara Mills, Nick Mirzoeff, Fred Moten, José Esteban Muñoz,
Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Tavia Nyong’o, Marcia Ochoa, Gema Perez-
Sanchez, Raquel (Lucas) Platero, Chandan Reddy, Isabel Reiss, Lisa Rofel,
Jordana Rosenberg, Tiina Rosenberg, Cherry Smyth, Dean Spade, Anna
Joy Springer, Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Jürg Tschirren, Deborah Vargas,
Del Grace Volcano, Jane Ward, Patricia White, and Julia Bryan Wilson. I
thank the UCI Humanities Research Center and David Goldberg in par-
ticular for selecting me for the Critical Animal Studies group, and thanks
to Mel Chen for her leadership in the group.
Special thanks to Ken Wissoker at Duke University Press and to Lisa
Duggan, Elizabeth Freeman, and Lisa Rofel for their astute and encour-
aging readings of various drafts of the book. Last but not least, I offer
thanks and love to my very own quirky little animated family of Ixchel
Leni, Renato Leni, and (most important) Macarena Gomez- Barris, all of
whom inspire me and encourage me to fail better every day.
Parts of this book have appeared as essays. A piece of chapter 1 ap-
peared as “Beyond Broadway and Main: A Response to the Presidential
Address,” American Quarterly 61, no. 1 (2009), 33–38. A very early version
of chapter 2 was published as “Forgetting Family: Queer Alternatives to
Oedipal Relations,” Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer
Studies, ed. Molly McGarry and George Haggerty (London: Blackwell,
2007). An early version of chapter 4 appeared in German as “Notes on
Failure,” The Power and Politics of the Aesthetic in American Culture, ed. Klaus
Benesch and Ulla Haselstein (Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag, 2007).
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