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Acknowledgments If there is not yet a tradition of acknowledgments that begins with apologies , I initiate one here. I’d like to express my sincere apologies to Rajiv Kaushik for sending mixed messages shortly after we were married when I departed for the mock insurgent training camp in Utah. In retrospect, I can see how this might have been perceived as an effort to sabotage our marriage. He then had to suffer through years of conversation that rarely strayed from the subject of this book. He has been the most constant and inspiring interlocutor for this book and for that I am both profoundly grateful and sorry. I am also profoundly grateful (and sorry) to my children, Violeta and Zubin—Violeta, in particular, who had no choice but to tag along on some of the journeys for this book while she was in utero. My deepest thanks and love to my parents, especially my mom, Rosario Alvarez, who travelled to Toronto often to visit the grandkids and created windows of writing time in turn, and to my siblings Maria, Anita, and Eduardo. I am also grateful for the love and support of my in-laws, Narinder and Swarsha Kaushik. I’d like to thank my dearest friend and confidant, Natalie Harrower, who also assisted me with some of the research for this book: her wisdom, fierce intellect , and perfect comic timing have been an anchor point these past twenty years and have helped me maintain a healthy perspective, especially during difficult times. My warmest thanks as well to Keren Zaiontz, a fellow traveler to Shoal Lake 40, friend, and research collaborator. Her courageous scholarship has informed so much of my thinking in this book and her generous engagements with many of the chapters at the draft-writing stage were invaluable. I am also indebted to my colleagues and dear friends who also happen to be the most brilliant and formidable research group one could ask for: Laura Levin, Marlis Schweitzer, Kim Solga, and Jenn Stephenson. They have seen this book through from its incipience. Their sharp insights, unwavering support and encouragement have not only made the book better but have made me better as a scholar. Thanks especially to Laura and Mar- vi acknowledgments lis who have given me opportunities to test and extend this research, first in their Performance Studies Methodologies workshop at the University of Toronto’s Massey College in 2012 and in their 2017 edited collection Performance Studies in Canada (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017), which features excerpts from chapter 1. Their keen editorial eye pushed my arguments and helped my work reach its fullest potential. A heartfelt thanks to Erin Hurley, as well, for her rich feedback and incisive editorial suggestions on the excerpts from chapter 1, which she included in her edited book Theatres of Affect (Playwrights Canada Press, 2014). Sections of chapter 3 were published in the J0urnal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 25.2 (Spring 2011) and I am grateful to Scott Magelssen, former editor, as well as to the external reviewers for their helpful comments, which greatly improved the analysis. Other friends, colleagues, and fellow conference panellists have offered sage counsel, invaluable insights, and enthusiastic support for the project along the way: Susan Bennett, Sara Brady, Athena Colman, Barry Freeman, Lindsay Adamson Livingston, Russ Kilbourne, Scott Magelssen, Paige McGinley , Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Gyllian Raby, and Diana Taylor. Thanks especially to Dylan Robinson, whose careful reading of chapter 4 and invitation to present some of this work at Queen’s University helped immeasurably in strengthening its claims. I am also grateful to the members of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education who have supported this research at various stages of its development. The very existence of this book owes a profound debt to Ric Knowles. Were it not for his encouraging feedback at conferences when I was a fledgling graduate student, which helped me identify a persistent interest that held the makings of a future monograph, I don’t know that I would have had the gumption to pursue it. I also want to express my deepest appreciation to Tamara Underiner with whom I undertook my second journey to El Alberto. I learned so much from Tamara on that trip—not merely about the border crossing event, about which she has written so brilliantly. Her generosity and honesty, and her good-humour about the peculiar pressures of academia modeled...


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