About Jon Cho-Polizzi

Jon Cho-Polizzi is a doctoral candidate in the joint PhD program in Medieval Studies and German Literature and Culture. He is also a concurrent MA student in UC Berkeley's Program in Folklore. He received his BA in German Literature and European History from UC Santa Cruz and his MA in Übersetzungswissenschaft from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. In between his studies he has taught at several public and private schools, as well as traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His interests span from the medieval to the contemporary and include migration, cultural history, multilingualism, and literary translation. His research examines the role of outsiders and the rural village in German-language literature and their implications for wider identity formation. He is also the managing editor of TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World and a contributor to the Multicultural Germany Project. In his spare time he enjoys alpine mountaineering, scuba diving, and Käsespätzle.

Identification / translated by Jon Cho-Polizzi

“Identification” by Kurt Tucholsky / Peter Panter TRANSIT vol. 11, no. 1 Translated by Jon Cho-Polizzi Download PDF Translator’s Introduction These translations came about as part of a collaborative project between Dr. Charlton Payne and myself in the context of Professor … Continue reading

Europe’s Displacements: Kurt Tucholsky’s Satirical Essays “Identification” and “The Border” / by Charlton Payne

Europe’s Displacements: Kurt Tucholsky’s Satirical Essays “Identification” and “The Border” TRANSIT vol. 11, no. 1 Charlton Payne Download PDF Europe (including Germany), Tucholsky’s short satirical pieces remind us, was undergoing momentous changes as a result of the efforts to secure … Continue reading

Stefan Zweig’s Fear of Postcolonialism / by Ashwin Manthripragada

Stefan Zweig’s Fear of Postcolonialism TRANSIT vol. 11, no. 1 Ashwin Manthripragada Download PDF Abstract On July 1, 1909 in a professed act of patriotism to his Indian motherland, Madar Lal Dhingra, a nationalist revolutionary studying in England, assassinated Sir … Continue reading

How Does Arriving Feel? Modulating a Cinematic Sense of Commonality / by Hauke Lehmann

How Does Arriving Feel? Modulating a Cinematic Sense of Commonality TRANSIT vol. 11, no. 1 Hauke Lehmann Download PDF Abstract The essay begins by identifying basic problems in current research on so-called “Turkish-German cinema.” It argues that current research is … Continue reading

Celestial Desires and Earthly Migrations: Love, Poetry, and Agency in Özdamar’s Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde / by Elizabeth Mittman

Celestial Desires and Earthly Migrations: Love, Poetry, and Agency in Özdamar’s Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde TRANSIT vol. 11, no. 1 Elizabeth Mittman Download PDF Abstract Previous scholarship on the final installment in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Istanbul-Berlin trilogy has issued largely … Continue reading

Ungehaltene neue deutsche Literatur: Ein Interview mit Deniz Utlu / von Daniel Schreiner

Ungehaltene neue deutsche Literatur: Ein Interview mit Deniz Utlu TRANSIT vol. 11, no. 1 Daniel Schreiner PDF herunterladen English Translation Einführung Interview mit Deniz Utlu, Autor von Essays, Theaterstücken sowie des Romans Die Ungehaltenen (Graf Verlag, München, 2014), Herausgeber des … Continue reading

Unbeholden New German Literature: An Interview with Deniz Utlu / by Daniel Schreiner

Unbeholden New German Literature: An Interview with Deniz Utlu TRANSIT vol. 11, no. 1 Daniel Schreiner Translated by Jon Cho-Polizzi Download PDF German Original Introduction An interview with Deniz Utlu, author of numerous essays and plays, as well as the … Continue reading

Who Said Heimat? I’m Only Renting / by Kristin Dickinson, et al.

Who Said Heimat? I’m Only Renting by Selim Özdoğan TRANSIT vol. 11, no. 1 Introduction and Interview by Kristin Dickinson Translated by Milena Beltrama, Brittany Boyle, Brandon Cummings, Kristen Datta, Hannah Kelley-Watkins, Nathan Korth, Edward Kosta, Ted Ma, James Margard, Sydney McConnell, and … Continue reading