Michelle Stork, M.A., M.A.


Michelle Stork studied English Studies, Moving Cultures, Comparative Literary Studies and History of Art at Goethe University Frankfurt and Universiteit Utrecht. She holds an M.A. in Moving Cultures – Transcultural Encounters and an M.A. in History of Art, both from Goethe University Frankfurt. Her PhD project aims at reading road narratives in fiction and film across the Anglophone world from a transcultural perspective. Since November 2020, Michelle holds a scholarship with the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes).

Research Interests

  • Literature and Globalisation
  • Automobility
  • Road Narratives
  • Transcultural English Studies

Current Research Project

PhD project “Transculturality in the Contemporary Anglophone Road Novel and Road Movie”; supervisor: Prof Dr Frank Schulze-Engler



  • “‘It’s a good car, it’s just broken down’: Alternative Narratives of Modernity in the Contemporary Road Narrative,” Modernities in the Contact Zone: Translating across Unfamiliar Objects, 9th Postgraduate Forum Postcolonial Narrations, University of Potsdam, October 2021.
  • “Driving, Drugs and Dreaming: Indigenous Automobility in Paul Collis’s Road Novel Dancing Home,” Panel: Cars, Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Montreal [online], April 2021.
  • “‘Bitumen streams’: The Representation of Oil and Water in Tara June Winch’s Swallow the Air,” Panel: Oil and Water, 52nd Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), University at Buffalo [online], March 2021.
  • “Narrating Im/Mobility and Identity in Contemporary Road Novels by Paul Collis and Tara June Winch,” Panel: Conceptualizing Entangled Im/Mobilities in Diverse Contexts, Entangled Im/Mobilities: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Vienna [online], March 2021.
  • “Identities Lost, Identities Found? Reading Jamal Mahjoub’s Road Novel Travelling with Djinns through a Transcultural Lens,” Rethinking Postcolonial Europe: Moving Identities, Changing Subjectivities, 8th Postgraduate Forum Postcolonial Narrations, University of Gießen [online], February 2021.
  • “A Continent of Strangers: Crossing 1950s Australia in Peter Carey’s A Long Way from Home31st Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS), Goethe University Frankfurt, March 2020. [paper accepted; conference cancelled due to COVID-19]

Professional Memberships

  • GAPS (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies)
  • EACLALS (European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies)
  • ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)
  • GRADE (Goethe Graduate Academy)
  • Co-Chair of the Working Group “Transcultural Narratives” at GRADE


  • “Petrofiction”, Proseminar, Goethe University Frankfurt, Winter 2021/2022.
  • “Around the World with the Road Narrative: Identity, Automobility and Transculturality in Contemporary Anglophone Road Novels and Road Movies”, Proseminar, Goethe University Frankfurt, Summer 2021.


Find me on Academia.edu and LinkedIn.