Bio


Johannes took a BA in French and Latin Languages and Literatures at the University of Geneva and earned his MA in French Literature and Culture at King’s College London as the 2017-2018 Sévigné Studentship recipient. He joined the department of French and Italian at Stanford in 2018 to complete his doctoral studies.

In his research, Johannes takes a pragmatic approach to poetics and philology so to center his endeavours on the situated uses of ‘literature’ written in French and Occitan before 1347. He has worked on the effects of irony on generic consensus in Old French Arthurian verse romance, and the representation of authorship in Old Occitan chansonniers; more recently, he has been working on the textual tradition of the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César. His MA dissertation examines how the poetics of truth in London, BL, Add. 15268 is a matter of textual politics. This has led him to reconsider, on one side, the philological tools with which variance is discussed, and on the other side, the role of manuscripts in the formation of collectives. An edition of a passage of the Venetian Vienna manuscript of the Histoire ancienne (ÖNB, 2576), in collaboration with Federico Guariglia, is forthcoming with Winter.

Johannes’ research currently unfolds in three areas: the intersection of philology and interpretation, critical narratives on the emergence of literary genres, and the manuscript as heritage.

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

Keywords: Collectivity, formative fiction, hermeneutics, historicism, irony, new approaches to manuscript 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)