Charles Gelman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, New York University, currently completing a dissertation on Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin. He received his B.A. from the Gallatin School, New York University, in 2009. His research and teaching interests include historical materialism; psychoanalysis; literary criticism and theory; the intersections of philosophical aesthetics and epistemology from Kant to Benjamin and Adorno; and the cultural, intellectual, and socioeconomic history of modern Europe, with a particular focus on nineteenth-century France. His work has appeared in Law & Literature.