I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to Diana Fuss and Michael
Wood, who have read far too many drafts of each of these chapters
and have done so with meticulous care, great humor, and brilliance.
They have both been models of intellectual generosity, and I offer
them many, many thanks. Numerous other scholars have contributed
to this work at various stages. Elisabeth Bronfen’s early suggestions
proved to be invaluable, as did my conversations with Jeff Nunokawa
and Martin Harries. Eduardo Cadava, Craig Dworkin, John Flem-
ing, Sander Gilman, Mark Hansen, Vicky Kahn, Tom Levin, Starry
Schor, Elaine Showalter, and Susan Wolfson have all helped me in
different ways in the course of my time at Princeton, and I thank them
very much. Over the last few years I have learned a lot through my
conversations with Sally Bachner, Anne Jamison, Gage McWeeney,
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