Faculty and Staff
Professor of English
Office: 3605 - Coleman Hall
Fall 2015 Office Hours: TR 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; F 12-1 p.m.
Jad Smith is a Professor of British Literature and Cultural Studies and a member of the Women's Studies faculty. He teaches graduate seminars titled Enlightenment Sexualities, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama in Performance, and Science Fiction 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
"The new 'Modern Masters of Science Fiction' series from University of Illinois Press promises a category of monograph that up to now has not been common in sf criticism: book-length retrospectives devoted to the careers of major authors in the genre. The first of these to arrive is Jad Smith's fascinating new book on John Brunner, and if Smith's approach in John Brunner represents the quality of the series as a whole, 'Modern Masters of Science Fiction' will undoubtedly prove an important resource for scholars of sf and fantasy in the coming decades. Smith's exhaustively researched book puts Brunner's many novels into conversation with his public lectures, interviews, private letters, and political activism, as well as with longstanding fan debates about the essence of sf. The result casts a new--and, at times, quite tragic--light on the complicated legacy of this important figure in the history of the genre."
- Gerry Canavan, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
"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, "Forgotten Books" #206
"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
"The real strength of Smith’s book is in situating Brunner’s work within the context of its time. This is a fascinating story, and well worth the study."
- Paul Kincaid, Extrapolation
"Smith writes in an engaging style, unstintingly chronicling the vicissitudes of the man’s life as well as rightfully hailing his triumphs. . . . As a general conclusion, if this is the calibre of entries in this series, then there is much to look forward to."
- 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
Selected Articles and Essays
"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)