Michaela Beck

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Michaela Beck

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Office Hours: During semester break: by appointment


I earned both my B.A. and my M.A. in English and American Studies at the TU Dresden, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. As part of my M.A. studies, I also studied two semesters at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, from 2014 to 2015.  I am currently working on my PhD project with the working title “We Out of Many: First-Person Plural Narration in 21st-Century American Novels.” My further research interests include (postclassical) narratology, theory of the novel, and the more recent aesthetic and literary developments which have been subsumed under the headings of ‘post-postmodernism’, ‘post-postmodern realism’, or ‘new sincerity’, among others.


Selected Talks and Presentations

  • „The ‘New Sincere’ Master of the ‘Great Art of Telling the Truth’: Tracing Authorship from Wallace to Emerson in Ed Park’s Personal Days.“ Metamodernism. Radboud University, Nijmegen. July 5, 2019.
  • „Repetition, Rhythm, ‘Lyric Progression’: Lyrical Strategies in ‘We’ Narratives.“ International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference (ISSN). University of Navarra, Pamplona. May 31, 2019.
  • „The Post-Postmodern Afterlife of the American Novel: ‘Resurrecting’ the Novel-as-Archive in Anne Valente’s Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (2016) and Ed Park’s Personal Days (2007).” Aftermath: The Fall and the Rise after the Event. Jagiellonian University Kraków, October 25, 2018.
  • “Contextualizing the ‘We’ in US Literature: ‘We’-Narration and/as the Performance of a US ‘Us’ in Nesbit’s The Wives of Los Alamos (2014).” The Literary in Life: The Social, Affective and Experimental in Narratives Across Media. Tampere. June 14, 2018.
  • “Containing Plurality in the U.S. Today: ‘We’ Narration and the Voice of the Middle Class in 21st-Century American Novels.” Understanding America in a Time of Change. 12th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Association for American Studies, ELTE. Budapest. May 26, 2018.
  • “‘We Out of Many’: First-Person Plural Narration in Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End and TaraShea Nesbit’s The Wives of Los Alamos.” DGFA Post-Graduate Forum, HU Berlin and FU Berlin. Berlin. November 11, 2017. 
  • “’You have not been yourself lately’: Identitäten der Alterität vor dem Hintergrund Marokkos in Vendela Vidas The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty.” Literaturkontakte. Texte – Kulturen – Märkte. Freiburg. July 14, 2017.
  •  “Repositioning the Novel in the 21st Century: Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End and the ‘Rise of Creative Industries’”. Symposium: Literature and Institutions. Gießen. June 21, 2017.
  •  “Anonymity, Nicknames, and Blurred Identities: ‘Undetermined Narration’ in Contemporary American Novels.” Regional Colloquium. Leipzig. January 13, 2017.
  • “Growing Roots en Route: Food and the Construction of Mobile Homes in US Locavore Narratives.” International Graduate Conference: Flows and Undercurrents. Dimensions of Im/Mobility in North America. Berlin. June 3, 2016. 
  • “’Make It New’: Re-Negotiating the Romanticist Paradigm of Authorship in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Crack-Up and Tender Is the Night.” Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature, East Tennessee State University. Johnson City. April 11, 2015. 

Honors and Awards

  • Grantee of the Saxon Scholarship Program for Doctoral Studies (2017-)
  • Lohrmann-Medal for graduating as best student of the year at the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies at TU Dresden [2015]. 2016.
  • Honors for best B.A. thesis [Fachbachelor] at the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies at TU Dresden [2013]. 2014.