Andrea Gadberry’s research focuses on literature and philosophy in early modern and Enlightenment Europe with additional interests in poetics, political theory, psychoanalysis, and critical theory.
Her first book Cartesian Poetics: The Art of Thinking (University of Chicago Press 2020), defends the “resultless enterprises” of poetry and thinking by enlisting an unlikely ally in its cause: René Descartes. Against the historical accusation that Descartes’ philosophy “slashed poetry’s throat,” Cartesian Poetics argues that the resources of early modern poetry and rhetoric help make Descartes’ thinking possible — and sayable.
She is currently at work on a second book project, Compossible Literature: On Uncertain Correlations, which examines how theodicy, or the problem of evil, is literary criticism’s problem.
At NYU, she holds a joint appointment at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study.