About Monica Osborne

Monica is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish American Literature at UCLA, where she has taught Jewish American Fiction and a course on the ethics of Holocaust representation. She has written for Studies in American Jewish Literature, Tikkun, Shofar, and Modern Fiction Studies. She has also taught a Bible as Literature class at Purdue University. She is currently working on turning her dissertation--"The Midrashic Impulse: Reading Fiction, Film, and Painting in the Face of the Shoah"--into a book manuscript.

Return of the Jewish Nose: Yasmina Khadra’s “The Attack”

By June 30, 2008

Unless you are a fan of Tex-Mex, truck with balls, scorching heat, and museums commemorating George W. Bush, there are very few reasons to spend the summer in southeast Texas. But I happen to be here visiting someone, and so … Read More

Which Sex Toy Would Jesus Choose?

By February 25, 2008

According to NPR, one Christian woman went looking for a way to add a little spark to her waning marriage “without compromising her Christian beliefs.” The result was the creation of this website, which sells all sorts of sex toys … Read More

This is Feminism?

By January 21, 2008

According to an article over at the Forward, Ms Magazine has refused to run an advertisement (pictured below) that features images of Israel’s top female political leaders, and the American Jewish Congress is pissed off about this. The ad was … Read More

A Blasphemous Bit of Theatre

A Blasphemous Bit of Theatre
By November 20, 2007

This semester I taught a college-level Bible as Literature class, and it has been quite the ride, to say the least. Out of 30 students, I would say that at least 25 of them come from conservative Christian backgrounds, which … Read More

The Two Norman Finkelsteins: Poet and Provocateur

The Two Norman Finkelsteins: Poet and Provocateur
By October 2, 2007

I always knew there were two Norman Finkelsteins. But I was not quite positive about which was which until last week, when this Norman Finkelstein came to Purdue University to give a talk and to read some of his poetry. Yes, … Read More

SS Soldiers Have Feelings Too!

SS Soldiers Have Feelings Too!
By September 19, 2007

I have always been a fan of Hannah Arendt. I have not always, however, been a fan of the "banality of evil" argument. I get it–we are all capable of evil. I agree with that. But when applied to the … Read More

Minority Report: Sans Jews

Minority Report: Sans Jews
By August 16, 2007

I recently returned “home” to Indiana from spending the summer at Cornell’s School of Criticism and Theory. Basically, SCT is like the ultimate nerd camp, where young intellectuals (mostly professors and advanced PhD students) attend seminars and lectures—on literary theory, … Read More

Of Masks and Men

Of Masks and Men
By June 20, 2007

A friend just emailed me the following excerpt from a New York Times piece called "Behind the Masks" by Thomas L. Friedman: Why were both the Hamas and Fatah fighters wearing ski masks? (And where do you buy a ski … Read More