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Stephen G.B. Hock

Stephen G.B. Hock

Associate Professor of English

Eggleston 101


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 the literature and culture of the American 1950s, metafiction, contemporary American literature, world literature, the American novel, and American modernism, 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 Colson Whitehead and Charles Yu, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Robbins, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, 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 55.3 (2014):  534-58.  Print.
  • Hock, Stephen.  "'Stories Told Sideways Out of the Big Mouth':  John Dos Passos's Bazinian Camera Eye."  Literature/Film Quarterly 33.1 (2005):  20-27.  Print.

Edited Collection

  • Braddock, Jeremy, and Stephen Hock, eds.  Directed by Allen Smithee.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2001.  Print.

Book Chapters

  • Hock, Stephen.  "Maybe He'd Have to Just Keep Driving, or Pynchon on the Freeway."  Pynchon's California.  Ed. Scott McClintock and John Miller.  Iowa City:  University of Iowa Press, 2014.  201-19.  Print.
  • Hock, Stephen.  "Comix Remix; or, The Strange Case of Mr. Chabon."  Michael Chabon's America:  Magical Words, Secret Worlds, and Sacred Spaces.  Ed. Jesse Kavadlo and Bob Batchelor.  Lanham:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.  81-96.  Print.
  • Hock, Stephen.  "This Is Too Big for One Old Name:  Hitchcock and Smithee in the Signature Centrifuge."  Directed by Allen Smithee.  Ed. Jeremy Braddock and Stephen Hock.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2001.  175-205.  Print.
  • Braddock, Jeremy, and Stephen Hock.  "The Specter of Illegitimacy in an Age of Disillusion and Crisis."  Introduction.  Directed by Allen Smithee.  Ed. Jeremy Braddock and Stephen Hock.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2001.  3-27.  Print.


  • Hock, Stephen.  Rev. of Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History, by David Cowart.  Journal of American Culture 35.3 (2012):  285-86.  Print.

  • twentieth-century and contemporary American literature
  • modernism and postmodernism
  • comparative and world literature
  • literary theory

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