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Jessie Hock

Assistant Professor

Jessie Hock works across a number of Renaissance genres and national traditions, with a particular focus on English and French poetry. Her other research and teaching interests include classical reception history, the history of science, materialist thought, aesthetics and poetics, and contemporary philosophy and critical theory. She is currently working on a book about atomism and Renaissance poetry, which reveals a forgotten atomist genealogy at the heart of the lyric tradition.  Bodies Atomic shows that Renaissance poets read the Roman atomist Lucretius’s treatise on atomism, De rerum natura, as a meditation on the imagination, generating a line of atomist thought in and about verse. Hock received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley in 2015.


Fall 2016 Courses Offerings:

English 3335W - English Renaissance Poetry
English 3890 - Movements in Literature: Early Modern Women's Writing


Journal Articles:

“Chaos with Spectator: Lucretian Perspectives in Paradise Lost,” in Milton’s Modernities: Essays on the Poet and His Influence, ed. Patrick Fadely and Feisal G. Mohammed. “Rethinking the Early Modern” Series, Northwestern University Press. (Forthcoming Fall 2015.)

“Waging Loving War: Lucretius and the Poetry of Remy Belleau,” The Romanic Review 104.3-4. (May-November 2013) (actual date of publication Spring 2015)



Translation, with Alex Dubilet (French to English): François Laruelle, General Theory of Victims, Polity Press. (April 2015)


Book Reviews:

Review of The Birth of Theory, by Andrew Cole, in Modern Philology, 113.2 (November 2015).