Stephen G.B. Hock
Associate Professor of 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 the literature and culture of the American 1950s, metafiction, contemporary American literature, world literature, the American novel, American modernism, and the postmodern, 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.
- 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.
- Braddock, Jeremy, and Stephen Hock, eds. Directed by Allen Smithee. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001. Print.
- 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. Ed. Tim Lanzendörfer. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016. 57-71. Print.
- 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.
- 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.
modernism and postmodernism
comparative and world literature
Fall 2016 office hours: 12-2 Monday through Thursday, and by appointment
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ENG285*01 Contemporary American Lit
ENG378*01 The American Novel
ENG287*01 Modern & Contemporary Lit
ENG105*01 College Writing
ENG311*01 Theory and Criticism
ENG373*01 American Modernism
FYE101*08 First Year Experience