Jackson B Smith

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Jackson B. Smith is a 4th year PhD candidate. He earned a B.A. in History from Bard College and a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the Université Paris 8. His research primarily considers the 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 explore the relationship between ideology and narrative form in representations of the Algerian War of Independence. The dissertation looks at how alternative approaches to memory and time outside of traditional historical narrative and in a range of media—including film, writing and visual art—open up possibilities for identifying the mechanisms of ideological dissimulation and conceptual homogenization in French imperialism. His research interests also include time travel, silence, American experimental art, twentieth-century marxisms, and the relationship between subjective experience and structural social domination. In addition to teaching at Princeton, Jackson has also taught at the Université Paris-Est Créteil and with the Prison Teaching Initiative. His work as a translator has appeared in venues such as boundary 2 and The Philosophical Salon. He has recent or forthcoming articles in Fixxion (on Kamel Daoud), Symposium (on Samuel Beckett and John Cage) and New Review of Film and Television Studies (on Alain Resnais).