This book would not have become what it is without the criticism of Marshall Brown and Stanley Corngold. Neither, of course, is responsible for its faults, but both have probably had a hand in any of its virtues. Other people to whom I am grateful for either deliberate or unwitting assistance are Paul Barolsky, Cristina della Coletta, Volker Kaiser, Chad Wellmon, Marco Borth, Joshua Davis, Michael Deal, Joshua Paddock, Amanda Sigler, students in practically all of my courses, and of course my wife. For technical and financial help I am indebted to the University of Virginia. For help with research and with preparation of the manuscript and index, I am grateful (again) to Amanda Sigler. For further technical help and for organizational assistance I am indebted to Brenda Ayres, Melody Palmer, Gina Hutton, and the late Courtney Lindsay. And my thanks go finally to Fordham University Press, its editors and consultants, for the swift and efficient completion of this project.
Chapter 6 is developed from an article, “Intransitive Parody and the Trap of Reading in Turn-of-the-Century German Prose,” in Steven Taubeneck, ed., Fictions of Culture: Essays in Honor of Walter H. Sokel (New York: Peter Lang, 1991), 135–67. I am indebted to Peter Lang Publishers for permission to use this material. (p.x)