Université de Montréal (Langues et littératures du monde)
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, who worked and published on the manuscript age and early modern print culture, she has shifted her focus to children’s literature. In her project The Circulation of Knowledge: Printed Images in Children’s Literature of the European Enlightenment (funded by FQRSC), she explored the multiple interactions between text and image, book and reader, parent or tutor and child in illustrated children’s books. Finally arrived in the present, she is currently working on a history of non-fiction books for children and young adults in Germany. She enjoys curating exhibitions, spending her sabbaticals and summers at the International Youth Library in Munich (www.ijb.de), and promoting literacy and quality children’s literature together with her colleagues at www.pinselfisch.de.