Université de Montréal (Modern Languages Department)
Nikola von Merveldt is an assistant professor and director of graduate studies in the Modern Languages Department at the Université de Montréal. By training a medievalist, she has worked and published on manuscript and early modern print culture, focusing on the complex interactions between oral, visual, and textual modes of communication from the Middle Ages to the Reformation. Her current project, The Circulation of Knowledge: Printed Images in Children’s Literature of the European Enlightenment (funded by FQRSC), explores the multiple interactions between text and image, book and reader, parent or tutor and child in illustrated children’s books. It argues that eighteenth-century pedagogical discourses, changing social structures, and new developments in the printing industry led educators to rethink the object of the book as a didactic tool and to devise new interactive formats of children’s literature. She has also curated two exhibitions: one on historical children’s books at the International Youth Library in Munich in 2007 and the one on the tradition of physiognomy at the Osler Library in Montreal in 2008.