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ix Acknowledgments There are many people whose support has made this book possible. First, I am indebted to my graduate school advisors for setting me on this path. I am deeply grateful to Elizabeth DeLoughrey for her wisdom, mentorship, and support over the years. I am indebted to Liz for generously reading many drafts of this book, for her always incisive comments, and for her advice and guidance on all aspects of my career. I thank Durba Ghosh for encouraging me to push on even when the going was tough. Her faith in this intellectual project has been invaluable for me. This book would not have been possible without Liz and Durba. I would also like to thank Biodun Jeyifo and Elizabeth Anker for their feedback on early drafts of this book. I am grateful to the faculty and staff of the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College for their support over the years. I am particularly indebted to Margaret Hunt for helping me sharpen and refine the book’s theoretical arguments and for guiding me through the publication process, and to Amrita Basu for her insightful suggestions and her love and generosity over the years. My thanks also to my colleagues in the Five Colleges and elsewhere who read and commented on chapters of this book: Lisa Armstrong, Dipankar Basu, Nusrat Chowdhury, Kavita Datla, Onni Gust, Pinky Hota, Natalie Leger, Hamza Mahmood, Mukti Lakhi Mangharam, Johan Matthews, Durba Mitra, Ingrid Nelson, Indira Peterson, Shital x ❘ Acknowledgments Pravinchandra, Dwaipayan Sen, Uditi Sen, Priyanka Srivastava, Julia Stephens, and Paola Zamperini. I would like to thank Taimoor Shahid for locating archival materials in Pakistan and for his collaboration on the Urdu translations in this book, and Sreemati Mukherjee for making Bengali a living, vibrant language for me and for her help with the Bengali translations. I am grateful to Ratna Sheth for creating the image that appears on the cover. My heartfelt thanks to my dissertation writing group for their constructive criticism on early drafts of this book and for their emotional and intellectual support: Tsitsi Jaji, Danielle Heard, and Corinna Lee. I thank Crystal Parikh for inviting me to join her writing group, and the other members of the group—­ Cristina Beltran, Guadalupe Escobar, Joseph Keith, Naomi Schiller, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, and Jini Kim Watson—­ for their very constructive feedback on several chapters of this book. I thank Cornell University and Amherst College for their institutional support of this work; the library staff at the Salar Jung Museum Library in Hyderabad for their help with locating materials in Urdu; and Bronwen Bledsoe, the South Asia collections librarian at Cornell University, for her help with locating key archival materials in Urdu and Bengali. I would also like to thank my Amherst College research assistants for all of their help: Alisa Bajramovic, Kyra Ellis Moore, Jessica Hendel, Amber Khan, Maia Mares, and Miu Suzuki. I thank my family for their love and support. And I offer my heartfelt thanks to my dear friends who have stood by me through this long and arduous process: Namita Dharia, Sanjay Dharmavaram, Khalid Hadeed, Julie Joosten, Vibha Kagzi, Sowmya Kondapalli, Zeeshan Mahmud, Paolomi Merchant, Bharathi Penneswaran, Harshit Rathi, Sahar Sadjadi, Meredith Sen, Bilal Shahid, Ratna Sheth, Jayati Vora, Sarah Weiger, Michael Wojnowicz, and Amelia Worsley. I am also grateful to Rafe Kinsey for his meticulous attention to detail and his patience, kindness, and warmth. The generosity of many individuals and institutions have gone into making this book. Of course any errors that remain are my own. Intimate Relations ...


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