Faculty and Staff

Stephen Hock

Stephen G.B. Hock

Associate Professor of English


B.A., Haverford College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Office Location: Eggleston 101
Phone: 757-233-8734
Email: shock@vwc.edu
Department/s: English

Stephen Hock earned his bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature at Haverford College and his master's and doctorate in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania.  His teaching and research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, modernism and postmodernism, comparative and world literature, and literary theory.  At Virginia Wesleyan, his teaching has included courses on contemporary American literature, world literature, the American novel, American modernism, the postmodern, and literary theory, as well as a Senior Integrative Seminar on Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow.  He also regularly teaches in the college's First-Year Experience program.  His recent scholarly presentations include papers on Don DeLillo, Colson Whitehead and Charles Yu, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Robbins, Thomas Pynchon, and Nathaniel Mackey.

Journal Articles

  • Hock, Stephen.  "'A Need to Mourn Abandonment in Advance' in Nathaniel Mackey's From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate."  Contemporary Literature, vol. 55, no. 3, 2014, pp. 534-58.
  • Hock, Stephen.  "'Stories Told Sideways Out of the Big Mouth':  John Dos Passos's Bazinian Camera Eye."  Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 1, 2005, pp. 20-27.

Edited Collection

  • Braddock, Jeremy, and Stephen Hock, editors.  Directed by Allen Smithee.  University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

Book Chapters

  • Hock, Stephen.  "The Black Box of Genre in Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist and Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe."  The Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel, edited by Tim Lanzendörfer, Lexington Books, 2016, pp. 57-71.
  • Hock, Stephen.  "Maybe He'd Have to Just Keep Driving, or Pynchon on the Freeway."  Pynchon's California, edited by Scott McClintock and John Miller, University of Iowa Press, 2014, pp. 201-19.
  • Hock, Stephen.  "Comix Remix; or, The Strange Case of Mr. Chabon."  Michael Chabon's America:  Magical Words, Secret Worlds, and Sacred Spaces, edited by Jesse Kavadlo and Bob Batchelor, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, pp. 81-96.
  • Hock, Stephen.  "This Is Too Big for One Old Name:  Hitchcock and Smithee in the Signature Centrifuge."  Directed by Allen Smithee, edited by Jeremy Braddock and Stephen Hock, University of Minnesota Press, 2001, pp. 175-205.


  • Hock, Stephen.  Review of Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History, by David Cowart.  Journal of American Culture, vol. 35, no. 3, 2012, pp. 285-86.
twentieth-century and contemporary American literature
modernism and postmodernism
comparative and world literature
literary theory

Spring 2017 office hours:  12-2 Monday through Thursday, and by appointment

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Contemporary American Lit;The American Novel;Modern & Contemporary Lit


College Writing;Theory and Criticism;American Modernism;First Year Experience;Peer Advising