Japhet Johnstone

Alumnus, German Studies

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Japhet Johnstone studied French and German at the University of Missouri, Columbia and Sciences Po, Paris before commencing his graduate work at the University of Washington, Seattle and the University of Münster. In 2008, Japhet completed his MA in Germanics at the University of Washington. In 2015, he completed his dissertation, "Stages of Inversion: Die verkehrte Welt in Nineteenth-Century German Literature," which examines literary and cultural history of inverted worlds  from Hegel’s dialectical inversions to the sexual inversions used to explain same-sex desire by, for example, Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Sigmund Freud. He currently holds the position of managing editor and translator at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) in Berlin. His co-edited volume Crimes of Passion: Representations of Sexual Pathology in the Early Twentieth Century was published by de Gruyter in 2015.