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Jonas Teupert

5409 Dwinelle

Jonas is a doctoral candidate in the Department of German and pursues a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. His research and teaching interests center around questions of migration and span from literature to visual culture and media in the digital age. He is committed to interdisciplinary work and to seeing German literature and culture in a global context.

His dissertation project, Fugitive Forms: Literary Critiques of Modern Mobility, traces the emergence of marginal poetic forms, such as newspaper and letter writing, essays, novellas, and travelogues – forms that are fleeting as they address moments of crisis and transformation with urgency. He argues that “fugitive forms” articulate ambivalent experiences of expulsion and border crossing against the horizon of a community beyond the nation. Different from traditional scholarship, his dissertation seeks to situate migratory writing in the larger arc of classical German literature and philosophy.

Before coming to Berkeley, Jonas studied German and English at Humboldt-University Berlin from 2010 to 2016 and was an awardee of the German National Academic Foundation.


  • “Pact with the People? Popular Genres, Public Concerns, and the Politics of Representation” [Review Essay: Ethel Matala de Mazza, Der populäre Pakt: Verhandlungen der Moderne zwischen Operette und Feuilleton (Frankfurt/M.: Fischer, 2018).] In: Qui Parle 29(1) (June 2020), 203-215.
  •  “Looks” [Translation of “Blicke” by Hengameh Yaghoobifarah] In: Transit 12(2) (2020): 129-134.
  • “Dressieren – Führen – Erziehen. Zur Kritik der Gewalt in zwei Fabeln von Kleist.” In: Unarten. Kleist und das Gesetz der Gattung, ed. Andrea Allerkamp, Sebastian Schönbeck, and Matthias Preuss, 391-410. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2019.
  • “Sharing Fugitive Lives. Digital Encounters in Senthuran Varatharajah’s ‘Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen’.” In: Transit 11(2) (2018): 3-20.

Recent Courses

  • German 101: Deutschland Transnational (Conversation, Composition, and Style) Spring 2020.
  • German 102D: Aesthetic Communities. German Pop Culture (Advanced Language Practice) Fall 2019.
  • German 1-3 (Introductory and Intermediate) Fall 2017 – Fall 2018.