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Andrea Gadberry


Assistant Professor
A.B. French & Classics, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2014

Andrea Gadberry is a comparatist working primarily in English, French, and Latin. Her research focuses on the literature, philosophy, and political theory of early modernity and the Enlightenment, with additional interests in poetics, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. Her current book project, Cartesian Poetics, investigates the charge that Descartes “cut the throat of poetry,” showing how an often-unsettling engagement with poetry and poetics haunts and shapes the Cartesian legacy developed in the Meditations and the Discourse – a tradition handed down through the Enlightenment to modernity. Andrea has also taught classes in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley and, through the Prison University Project, at San Quentin State Prison. At NYU, she holds a joint appointment with the Department of Comparative Literature.


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Andrea Gadberry

Assistant Professor


Research and Teaching Interests

comparative early modern and Enlightenment studies (English, French, Latin); philosophy and political theory, 1600-1800; genre; poetics; psychoanalysis; critical theory

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