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.

Johannes is interested in poetics, philology, and metacommentary, with a particular focus on questions of ‘truth’ and ‘fiction’. He has worked on the effects of irony on generic consensus in Old French Arthurian verse romance, Diderot’s use of mystification for a formative project (J. Landy), manuscript evidence of authorship representation in Old Occitan chansonniers, and Jameson’s and Auerbach’s interpretive strategies. In his MA dissertation, he studied the poetics of truth in MS London, BL Add. 15268 (Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César), examining the manuscript’s textual politics and reconsidering the philological tools with which variance is discussed. The notion and the stakes of collectivity have become central to his concerns.

Johannes' PhD thesis will deal with the critical narrative of the emergence of fiction in 12th-century Old French romance and offer a theoretical and manuscript-based re-evaluation.

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Keywords: Collectivity, formative fiction, hermeneutics, historicism, irony, new approaches to manuscript variance, non-intended readership, philology, poetics.