Cynthia Cruz

BA, Mills College. MA, Rutgers University. Cruz is the author of six collections of poems. Hotel Oblivion, her seventh, is forthcoming in 2022. Disquieting: Essays on Silence, a collection of critical essays exploring the concept of silence as a form of resistance, was published by Book*hug in the spring of 2019. The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class, an examination of Freudian melancholia and the working class, is forthcoming from Repeater Books in 2021. Cruz is currently pursuing a PhD at the European Graduate School, where her area of research is psychoanalysis and philosophy. SLC, 2008-

Previous Courses

A Kind of Haunting: A Poetry Workshop

Open , Seminar—Spring

In James E. Young’s essay, “Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin: The Uncanny Arts of Memorial Architecture,” Young describes Libeskind’s designing of the Jewish Museum in Berlin and how essential to its design was the folding in of fragment, void, interruption, and other iterations of rupture. Of Libeskind’s project, Young writes “His drawings for the museum thus look more like the sketches of the museum’s ruins, a house whose wings have been scrambled and reshaped by the jolt of genocide. It is a devastated site that would now enshrine its broken forms.” In this poetry workshop, we will examine the different ways in which poetry can allow for what cannot be articulated—either because there are simply no words to convey what must be said or because the speaker cannot utter what must be said—and how allowing space for the unspeakable can result in a kind of haunting in a poem. Each class will begin with the discussion of an outside text and then move on to the workshopping of students’ poems. Texts we will be reading and examining include James E. Young’s essay, as well as writings by Jacques Derrida, Mark Fisher, Darian Leader, excerpts from Laura Oldfield Ford’s ‘zines Savage Messiah, excerpts from films, contemporary artwork, and, of course, poetry. Readings from poetry may include work by Cathy Song, Fred Moten, Dionne Brand, Denise Riley, Helene Dunmore, Sean Bonney, Novalis, and the fragments of Hölderlin.

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Lines of Flight: A Mixed-Genre Workshop

Open , Seminar—Fall

In the current political climate—where we are inundated each day with too much news and information to fully comprehend while, at the same time, becoming less and less certain what “truth” means—thinking as a form of exercise to work through what is happening in the world becomes essential. Refraining from clichéed thinking and instead practicing a type of thinking that allows us to examine our ideas and thoughts, we will practice what Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari termed “Lines of Flight,” a thinking that moves, travels, and leaps while resisting binaries and reductive thinking. Leaping from genre to genre in our writing practice (poetry, nonfiction, art writing, and the essay) and from genre to genre in our reading practice (philosophy, theory, art writing, poetry, and nonfiction), we will attempt to make sense of the world in which we live while, simultaneously, practicing different “lines of flight.” Some of the writers and thinkers that we will be reading may include: Lara Mimosa Montes, Paul B. Preciado, Dolores Dorantes, Antonin Artaud, Franz Kafka, Allison Benis White, Donna Haraway, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Michel Foucault, Fred Moten, Fernand Deligny, Avital Ronell, Sara Ahmed, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, and Jakob von Uexküll.