The papers presented at that conference become the basis of Marianne's collection, The Familial Gaze,2 for which I originally wrote this afterword. At the time, I had been asked to review the manuscript for the press and suggested that the book needed a preface or an afterword to really call attention to the major contribution that Hirsch had made in bringing together such a diverse group of scholars and artists on this topic. It was with this in mind that, when asked to write an afterword myself, I wrote the words that follow. As it turned out, the afterword I published is a rather different essay. At the time, Marianne felt that the tone of this piece was too laudatory. She was uncomfortable having the piece included in a volume she had edited. It was embarrassing. Given this, I rewrote my essay.