Jade JohnsonJade Johnson

Postgraduate Research Student and Tutor for German


My research examines the construction of Swiss identity during Switzerland’s most formative period: from the establishment of the Swiss Confederation in 1848 through to the outbreak of the First World War. Through the close reading of texts about Switzerland from this era, both fictional and non-fictional, I ask why and how Switzerland became known for being culturally singular, and whether this cultural singularity was in fact constructed through, rather than in contrast to, cosmopolitanism. My project takes a comparative approach by studying texts by Swiss, German, and British writers alongside each other.

My research is funded by a Doctoral Academy Award here at Sheffield, and is supervised in both the School of Languages and Cultures and the School of English.

My research interests lie more broadly in the areas of Anglo-German cultural transfer and the construction of cultural identity in German-speaking Europe. After finishing my undergraduate degree in French and German at Queen Mary (University of London), I stayed on to complete an MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, which was funded by the Simon and Deirdre Gaskell Scholarship. My Masters dissertation explores the construction of cultural identity in Hamburg. As part of my research I undertook a research visit to Hamburg, which was funded by the city’s Anglo-German Club.

I have completed internships at the Graduate School of the Technische Universität München and at Haus Publishing in London, and worked as a Research Assistant on a project compiling the works of the German poet Adolf Endler.


I teach on the module GER120/1 Beginners‘ German I and II


I presented my research on the Alsatian Culture and Dialect at the Sheffield Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics in 2015.

In 2015 I worked on a collaborative English translation of Michael Wildenhain’s Brixton Calling, which was displayed at the ‘Waves Of Difference’ German Literature Festival at the Goethe-Institut in London.