Bio


Johannes Junge Ruhland studies manuscripts in Old French and Old Occitan. He holds a BA in French and Latin from the University of Geneva, and MA in French from King’s College London, and is now pursuing a PhD in French at Stanford University.
In his research, Johannes seeks to describe the effects of medieval manuscripts in elite settings. He is trying to understand how manuscripts could work as repositories of cultural capital, but he is particularly interested in how this capital could get lost, reinterpreted, reinvented, or repurposed. In so doing, his aim is to relate manuscripts to collectives, with a strong suspicion that manuscripts could have played a critical role in the constitution of the latter. At the same time, he wants to account for the many other possible ways any reader could have responded to the codex. But because there is always more than what can be accounted for, he strives to propose critical tools that allow for that possibility.
In previous research, Johannes has worked among others on the effects of irony on generic consensus in Old French Arthurian verse romance and the representation of authors in Old Occitan chansonniers. More recently, he has been working on the textual tradition of the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César. His MA dissertation examined how the poetics of truth of London, BL, Additional 15268 is a matter of textual politics. This work has led him, on one side, to develop a pragmatic approach to poetics, and on the other, to reconsider the philological tools with which manuscript variance is discussed. An edition of the Venetian Vienna manuscript of the Histoire ancienne (ÖNB 2576), in collaboration with Federico Guariglia, is forthcoming with Winter.

Visit Johannes’ Academia.edu profile for a list of publications (link to the right).

Keywords: collectives, formative fiction, hermeneutics, historicism, irony, variance, non-intended readership, philology, poetics, pragmatics.

Honors & Awards


  • Mary Bennett Prize, King's College London (2017-2018)
  • Sévigné Studentship, King's College London (2017-2018)
  • Prix de la Fondation Hardt, Fondation Hardt pour l'étude de l'Antiquité classique, Vandoeuvres, Geneva, CH. (2013)