As Alan Wald notes in his contribution to this special section of Cultural Logic, Michael Sprinker's death in 1999, at the age of 49, left "a haunting vacuum in U.S. left-wing intellectual life." His energy, integrity, and intellect will certainly be missed by the editors of this journal, who received Michael's encouragement, advice, and editorial assistance on any number of occasions. Indeed, Michael was the very first advisor to CL, and it was through his good offices that a number of contributors, readers, and advisors came to hear about us.
To honor Michael's memory, then, we are pleased to publish essays by some of his former colleagues, friends, and students. Several of the papers were presented at the Modern Language Association conference in Washington, D.C., in December, 2000, and we would like to thank Jamie Owen Daniel for organizing the panel (from which we have borrowed the title of our tribute). We also want to thank Michael's long-time companion, Modhumita Roy, for her assistance with this project and for her permission to print a talk that Michael gave in the late 1980s on formalism, structuralism, and Marxism.
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Cultural Logic, ISSN 1097-3087, Volume 3, Numbers 1, Fall, 1999.