Berkeley English Graduate Students

Frank Eugene Cruz

Frank Eugene Cruz

PhD Candidate, R&C Instructor

Cafe Milano
Mon 1:00 - 2:00 & Thurs 10:30 - 11:30
frankcruz@berkeley.edu


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

Frank Eugene Cruz holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from U.C. Berkeley, where he is currently an instructor in the English department and a Simpson Family Literary Fellow. His dissertation, Culture in Crisis: The Lowercase Grapes of Wrath Narrative in the Popular Imagination from the Great Depression to the Green New Deal reads contemporary U.S. popular culture intervention into social locations of permanent crisis (racial, ecological, economic, and political) through the “grapes of wrath cultural formation” that emerged from the depts of the Great Depression. From Roosevelt’s New Deal state apparatus, through Reagan’s “morning in America,” to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ “Green New Deal,” Culture in Crisis documents the roots and routes of the return of the ghost of Tom Joad in order to analyze the ways in which the cultural productions of the grapes of wrath cultural formation have occupied and unsettled the American popular imaginary over the last eighty years. This study reconsiders the canonicity of John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel, while reclaiming contemporary popular culture as a potential location of diachronic resistance against the politics of amnesia, the ecology of fear, and our late-capitalist event-horizon of permanent crisis. In addition to his dissertation work, Cruz is also developing a second book-length project, which is tentatively titled Strange Ecologies in Aztlán: Revisioning the Borderlands for the Age of the Anthropocene Frank was raised in Oxnard, California and is a proud father, a rock and roll singer, and a pedestrian safety advocate.


Recent English Courses Taught
fall, 2020

190/2

Research Seminar: Eco-crisis and Climate Refugueeism

spring, 2019

R1B/7

Reading and Composition: Fake/News: New Journalism, the War on Truth, and Democracy in Peril

summer, 2019

37/1

Chicana/o Literature and Culture

fall, 2018

R1B/5

Reading and Composition: Started From the Bottom: Masculinity, the American Dream, and the Myth of Starting Over from Horatio Alger to Jay-Z

spring, 2018

R1B/13

Reading and Composition: Started from the Bottom: Masculinity, the American Dream, and the Myth of Starting Over from Jay Gatsby to Jay Z

summer, 2018

R1B/3

Reading & Composition: Masculinity, The American Dream, and The Myth of Starting Over from Jay Gatsby to Jay-Z