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Jessie Hock

Associate Professor of English

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.