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Jonas is a doctoral candidate in the Department of German and pursues a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. His dissertation project, Fugitive Forms: Kleist, Heine, and the Critique of Modern Mobility, traces the emergence of a form between essay, newspaper, and letter writing. Through the lens of contemporary theories of migration, he contributes new readings of these authors’ literary responses to displacement and the fragmentation of social bonds. The argument is that Kleist and Heine articulate a form of mobility that seeks to escape from ethno-nationalist and capitalist conditions while imagining community before the nation-state, the concurrence of which he calls “fugitive form.”
Jonas studied German and English at Humboldt-University Berlin from 2010 to 2016 and was an awardee of the German National Academic Foundation. His research has covered the form of the novel and the experience of time (Theodor Fontane), small forms and their mediality (Heinrich von Kleist), the interrelation of epics and migration, as well as critical reflections on media from photography (Siegfried Kracauer) to Instagram and Facebook (Senthuran Varatharajah).
- “Dressieren – Führen – Erziehen. Zur Kritik der Gewalt in zwei Fabeln von Kleist”. In: Unarten. Kleist und das Gesetz der Gattung, ed. by Andrea Allerkamp, Sebastian Schönbeck, and Matthias Preuss. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2019 (forthcoming).
- “Sharing Fugitive Lives. Digital Encounters in Senthuran Varatharajah’s Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen”. In: Transit 11(2) (2018). http://transit.berkeley.edu/2018/teupert/