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Jad Smith is an Associate Professor of British Literature and Cultural Studies. His interests include eighteenth-century British literature and science fiction. He teaches graduate seminars titled Enlightenment Sexualities, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama in Performance, and SF Vanguards: New Wave and Cyberpunk, as well as a wide range of undergraduate courses.
Doctor of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University
ResearchEighteenth-century British literature, science fiction, critical and cultural theory
John Brunner, Modern Masters of Science Fiction Series (University of Illinois Press, January 2013)
Review and Comment
"Smith paints a vivid picture of a frequently overlooked yet highly influential author whose work bridged classic science fiction and New Wave. . . . Highly recommended."
- S. E. Vie, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
"University of Illinois Press plan forthcoming books on Gregory Benford, Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, Lois McMaster Bujold, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Greg Egan, William Gibson, Joe Haldeman, China Miéville, and Connie Willis. If they’re as good as Jad Smith’s John Brunner I’ll be buying them all."
- George Kelley
"John Brunner proves to be an excellent model for what later volumes in the series might look like – clearly and accessibly written, free of theoretical or historical hobbyhorses, and meticulously researched. . . . Smith paints a fascinating portrait of the rapidly changing world of Anglo-American SF of the 1950s through the 1980s, and of the significant role that Brunner played as a kind of bridge between SF traditions."
- Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine
- Roz Kaveney, Times Literary Supplement
"Ora, la bella biografia di Jad Smith, pubblicata dall’Università dell’Illinois nella collana Modern Masters of Science Fiction, sembra destinata a restituire Brunner al posto che gli spetta nel pantheon della letteratura fantascientifica,e promette di riaprire i dibattiti e le controversie sull’opera dell’autore."
- Il futuro è tornato
"Based on extensive research and filled with thoughtful commentary and insights, Jad Smith's book will stand alone as the one essential resource on John Brunner, an important science fiction writer who merits much more attention than he has so far received."
- Gary Westfahl, author of Hugo Gernsback and the Century
of Science Fiction
"The University of Illinois is publishing a series of monographs called Modern Masters of Science Fiction. They've started with an excellent, and all too forgotten, one: John Brunner. Jad Smith has given him a thorough and perceptive treatment. Highly recommended."
- Arthur D. Hlavaty, editor of Nice Distinctions
"Chris Kahler's Dialumens," Introduction, Dialumens Exhibition Catalog, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis (February 2014)
"Disequencing: Chris Kahler," Introduction, Disequencing Exhibition Catalog, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis (April 2013)
"Teaching Ephemera: The Eighteenth-Century Culture of Charity in the Contemporary Classroom," in Encountering Ephemera 1500-1800: Scholarship, Performance, Classroom, eds. Joshua B. Fisher and Rebecca Steinberger (2012)
"Charity Education and the Spectacle of 'Christian Entertainment,'" inThe Culture of the Gift in Eighteenth-Century England, eds. Linda Zionkowski and Cynthia Klekar (2009)
"Custom, Association, and the Mixed Mode: Locke's Early Theory of Cultural Reproduction," English Literary History 73.4 (2006)
"How Fanny Comes to Know: Sensation, Sexuality, and the Epistemology of the Closet in Cleland’s Memoirs," The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 44.2-3 (2003)
"Völkisch Organicism and the Use of Primitivism in Lawrence’s The Plumed Serpent," D. H. Lawrence Review 30.3 (2002)