Jackson B Smith

Graduate Student
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Jackson B. Smith is a 3rd year graduate student. He received a B.A. in History from Bard College as well as a Master 1 and Master 2 in Comparative Literature from the Université Paris VIII, both with mention très bien. His research considers the relationship between time, narrative and memory in French cinematic, literary and theoretical creation since the mid-20th century, with a particular interest in the works of Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. His dissertation will treat non-historicist representations of the Algerian War of Independence made in metropolitan France. It will explore how narrative approaches to the past without recourse to the methods of the historical discipline open up new possibilities for confronting the unprecedented, exposing taboos, and unearthing silenced events. His research interests also include time travel, American experimental art, theories of subjectivity, twentieth-century marxism, and the relationship between subjectivity and structural social domination.