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Stephen Hock

Stephen G.B. Hock

Associate Professor of English


Degrees Held

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

Office Location: 101 Eggleston Commons, Bray Village
Phone: 757-233-8734
Email: shock@vwu.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. At Virginia Wesleyan, his teaching has included courses in first-year composition, contemporary American literature, world literature, the American novel, American modernism, the postmodern, and literary theory, as well as the English major's senior thesis workshop. His recent conference presentations include papers on Amy Waldman, Don DeLillo, Colson Whitehead and Charles Yu, Kurt Vonnegut, and Michael Robbins.

Journal Articles

  • "'That's Your Uncle?  He's White!' 'Yeah, a Long Time':  Negotiating Whiteness in the Rocky/Creed Series."  Italian Americana, vol. 35, no. 2, 2017, pp. 145-68.
  • "'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.
  • "'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.

Book Chapters

  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.

Edited Collection

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

Fall 2019 office hours:  MTWTh 1-2, and by appointment.