Dr. John C. Hampsey

John C. Hampsey


English Major Advisor

E-mail:  John Hampsey


Ph.D. English Literature, Boston College, 1982
B.A.   English, Holy Cross College, 1976

Teaching and Research Interests

British Romanticism and William Blake
British Victorian Literature
Classical Literature (Greek)
History of the Novel
Western Intellectual History

Selected Publications


Kaufman's Hill book cover

Kaufman's Hill a memoir, Bancroft Press, January, 2015, hardback. Order on Amazon.


Paranoia and Contentment book cover


Paranoia and Contentment: a personal essay on Western Thought (intellectual history from the Greeks to contemporary America) University of Virginia Press, December, 2004. University of Virginia Press Books




Articles and Nonfiction

“The Rivers.” The Gettysburg Review (Winter 2014).

"Hector's Reflection as Paranoid Vision." Dialogi, Journal of Culture and Society (Spring 2011): 134-139.

“Aestheticizing the Wasteland, Revisioning the Journey: Cormac McCarthy’s The RoadThe Gettysburg Review, Autumn 2008: 495-501.

“Doom, Providence, Accident.”  The Midwest Quarterly,  (Winter 2001): 133-149.  (This essay is an abbreviated version of Chapter Three of  Paranoia and Contentment.)

“Innocence . . . and Irony?: The Poetry of Jane Taylor.”  European Romantic Review, (July 1997):262-274. 

“Houses of The Mind: the Architecture of Childhood.”  Antioch Review 51 no. 2 (Spring, 1993):251-263.

“Trapped in Sibyl's Jar: Hopkins's Dialectic of Self in Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves.”  Colby Quarterly 26 no. 4 (December, 1990): 226-231.

“What Self?: Notes on Modern First Person Narrative.” Alaska Quarterly Review 9 no. 1 & 2 (Fall & Winter, 1990): 153-164. .” 

“Defoe's Moll Flanders: The Realism of the Spoken Word.”  Greyfriar: Siena Studies in Literature (1990): 35-42.

“Unbearable Parmenides: The Metaphysics of Milan Kundera.”  San Jose Studies 16 no. 3 (Fall, 1990): 56-64.

“Strange Truths in Kafka's America.”  The Gettysburg Review 3 no. 2 (1990):400-408.

“The Queen of the Air: Consistency in Ruskin's Moral Aesthetics.”  The McNeese Review 32 (1989):49-57 (50th Anniversary Issue).

“On Fragmentation.”  The Gettysburg Review 1 no. 3 (1988):445-451 (philosophic essay on the western sense of dread).

“Checking in on Time in Faulkner's Sound and the Fury.”  The Arizona Quarterly 43 (1987):133-140.

“Tiriel Revisited: The Case of Problem Children.”  Greyfriar: Siena Studies in Literature 27 (1986):31-48.

“Blake's Bound Children.”  Ball State University Forum 27 (1986):20-37.


“The Garage Room." The Alaska Quarterly Review (Fall/Winter 2014): 100-110.

“Measuring the Loss of Brisa.”  Witness 10 no. 1 (1996):166-175.

“Almost . . . The Bastille.”  Sou' Wester 16 no. 1 (1988):67-75.

“On Lost Gardens.”  Small Pond 25 no. 3 (1988):26-28.

“Night 223.”  North Dakota Quarterly 55 (1987):90-93.

Awards and Honors 

University Distinguished Teaching Award, Cal Poly, 2005
CLA Student Council Teacher of the Year Award, 2005
President's Service Award, Cal Poly, May, 2004.

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