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Jessie Hock

Assistant Professor

Jessie Hock is assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University, with a secondary appointment in French and Italian and an affiliation in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She works on English and continental Renaissance and early modern poetry, the history of materialist thought, classical reception history, and contemporary philosophy and critical theory. Her first book, The Erotics of Materialism: Lucretius and Early Modern Poetics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021), shows how early modern poets read Lucretius's De rerum natura, the most complete extant exposition of classical atomist philosophy, as a treatise on the poetic imagination, initiating an atomist genealogy at the heart of the lyric tradition. Her recent publications include essays on Lucretius, Michel de Montaigne, Margaret Cavendish, John Milton, Gilles Deleuze, and Remy Belleau, and she is also the co-translator (with Alex Dubilet) of two book by contemporary French philosopher, François Laruelle. Her current book project tracks the influence of Lucretian materialism on 20th and 21st century philosophy and theory.


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).