Lynne Miles Morillo
Visiting Assistant Professor
Lynne Miles-Morillo specializes in German linguistic and cultural historical topics in her research and in her teaching in the German Department at the School of Languages and Cultures she offers German language courses at all levels as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars in topics such as German Folk and Fairy Tales, German Sociolinguistics, and Book History and Print Culture. Interdisciplinary analysis of human communication is central to her work, which centers around inquiry into the relationship, both historical and contemporary, between words and pictures in language. She examines how changes in the prevalence of literacy in a society can affect styles of word-picture interaction in different types of publications, particularly those of the tumultuous sixteenth- and seventeenth-century German-speaking world. These publications include broadsheets, emblems, and other genres of the early print world of Early New High German, but her research extends into the “unflattening” of texts in modern graphic publications as well. Her concern with the historical contexts of verbal and pictorial communication arises from her interest in the cultural history of language more broadly, an interest that has led her into work on the impact of the Mongol conquests across Eurasia (and the complex layerings of language and culture that characterized that empire) and into co-authoring the accompanying book of primary sources to Frameworks, an Oxford University Press world history textbook. Among other projects, she has developed and is currently working on the text portion of a graphic history of the sixteenth-century Hessian mercenary Hans Staden, who wrote and illustrated a narrative of his own capture by and escape from the South American Tupí.