Frank Eugene Cruz

Frank Eugene Cruz

PhD Candidate, R&C Instructor
Cafe Milano
M 10-11, 12-1 and Th 11-1
frankcru@berkeley.edu


Specialties

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Cruz, Frank. "Let Them Eat Code (Or, Silicon Valley Goes to Hollywood)." Tiny Mix Tapes. 5 Nov. 2015. Web. <http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/let-them-eat-code-or-silicon-valley-goes-hollywood>.

Cruz, Frank Eugene. ""In Between a Past and Future Town": Home, The Unhomely, and The Grapes of Wrath." Reprint. The Grapes of Wrath: A Re-Consideration, edited by Michael J. Meyer, Rodophi, vol. 1, 2009.

---. ""In Between a Past and Future Town": Home, The Unhomely, and The Grapes of Wrath." Steinbeck Review 4.2 (2007): 52-75. Project MUSE. <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/steinbeck_review/v004/4.2.cruz.html>.

 

 



Current Research

My dissertation, “Steinbeck’s America: Ideological Crisis and Popular Culture,” shows how John Steinbeck’s representations of the Dust Bowl during the 1930s grappled with various forms of U.S.-American ideological crisis (racial, political, economic, and ecological) and demonstrates how this Dust Bowl cultural formation has impacted the representation of crisis in contemporary popular culture. This study produces a new understanding of the unique position Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (1939) occupies in the U.S. cultural imaginary and, in doing so, reclaims contemporary popular culture as a potential site of resistance and political possibility for the new millennium.



Recent English Courses Taught