Andrew Libby is currently completing a Ph.D. in comparative literature at The City University of New York Graduate Center. His research concentrates on Romantic poetry and poetics and draws together his interests in philosophy, critical theory, social theory, and pedagogy. His teaching integrates these core interests with investigations of how difference and operations of exclusion participate in and texture the identities we form, individually and collectively. He has taught courses on the novel, American literature, "urban literature, and Romantic poetry. His Gallatin courses include Writing the Self and Language and the Political. He was a CUNY Writing Fellow and the recipient of a research fellowship for study in Germany from the German Academic Exchange Service. He has presented conference papers on such topics as nonverbal communication and the ethics of speaking for others in Ovid's Philomela episode, the relation between Rilke's drama and his fascination with dolls, and Jack Kerouac's Romantic poetics of spontaneity. His current work examines the relation of public and private language in Novalis, Keats, Dickinson, and Rimbaud.