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Jon Pitt

Japanese Program

Jon received his B.A. in Japanese Literature with a minor in East Asian Studies in 2003 from UC Santa Cruz, with a year spent at International Christian University in Tokyo. At Santa Cruz, Jon participated in the International Playhouse during his Sophomore and Senior years, where he performed Kyogen theater. After several years teaching English as a Second Language in San Francisco, Jon received his M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM in 2013, where he studied Classical Chinese in conjunction with the canonical texts of China, India, and Japan, including the Confucian, Taoist, Vedic, Mahayana, and Zen Buddhist classics. His 2011 translation of the Classical Chinese version of the Heart Sutra won the William H. Darkey Translation Prize. His interests are centered on the the paranormal and supernatural in Japanese Literature and Film, in particular the strategies that have carried over from the Pre-Modern to the Modern. At Berkeley, Jon plans to use the perceived dichotomy of the Urban and the Rural as a means to examine the connection between paranormal alteriority and subjective interiority, as well as the Modern relationship to the (at times imagined) Pre-Modern. Outside of academia, Jon is a folk and experimental musician, as well as an avid music collector.