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Andrea Gadberry

Associate Professor
(212) 992-6321
411 Laf, Room 305

A.B., French, 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 Discourse on Method and 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.  



Cartesian Poetics

Cartesian Poetics: The Art of Thinking by Andrea Gadberry was published by University of Chicago Press.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Andrea Gadberry