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Stephen Hock

Stephen 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
- English

Stephen Hock received his bachelor's degree at Haverford College with a major in Comparative Literature, and his master's and doctorate in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. At Virginia Wesleyan, his teaching includes courses in first-year composition, the art of comic books, film adaptations of literature, the Great American Novel, American modernism, the postmodern, literary theory, and various topics in American and world literature, as well as the English major's senior thesis workshop. His research focuses on contemporary American literature and culture, with current projects on Don DeLillo's novel Zero K and on religion and ethics in Daredevil comic books.

Book Chapters

  • The Breakfast Club, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Riverdale’s ’80s Palimpsest.”  The ’80s Resurrected:  Essays on the Decade in Popular Culture Then and Now, edited by Randy Laist, McFarland, 2023, pp. 23-36.
  • "'Just Junk in a Safeway Cart I'm Pushing Down to the Recycling Center':  The Aesthetics of Ecology in Michael Robbins's Poetry."  Modern Ecopoetry:  Reading the Palimpsest of the More-Than-Human World, edited by Leonor María Martínez Serrano and Cristina M. Gámez Fernández, Brill, 2021, pp. 171-86.
  • “Memorializing the Future of Donald Trump in Amy Waldman’s The Submission.”  Trump Fiction:  Essays on Donald Trump in Literature, Film, and Television, edited by Stephen Hock, Lexington Books, 2020, pp. 79-95.
  • “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.

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.

Edited Collections

  • Editor and Introduction.  Trump Fiction:  Essays on Donald Trump in Literature, Film, and Television.  Lexington Books, 2020.
  • With Jeremy Braddock, editors and introduction.  Directed by Allen Smithee.  University of Minnesota Press, 2001.


  • “‘All My Life My Writing Is’:  The Auto-Bio-Graph of Smalloysius F.:  Being Told by Itself.”  The Anthology of Babel, edited by Ed Simon, Punctum Books, 2020, pp. 323-44.

Spring 2024 office hours

Mondays - 3:00-3:50
Tuesdays - 4:00-5:50
Wednesdays  - 3:00-3:50
And by appointment