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 Discourse on Methodand Meditations on First Philosophy –a tradition handed down through the Enlightenment to modernity. Professor Gadberry has also taught classes in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley and, through the Prison University Project, at San Quentin State Prison. She holds a joint appointment with Gallatin and NYU’s Department of Comparative Literature.
Teaching and Research Interests
comparative early modern and Enlightenment studies (English, French, Latin); philosophy and political theory, 1600-1800; genre; poetics; psychoanalysis; critical theory
A.B. French & Classics, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006 Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2014