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.

One Painter’s Trash is an Electrician’s Treasure: Bringing Home the Bacon

One Painter’s Trash is an Electrician’s Treasure: Bringing Home the Bacon
By April 25, 2007

I used to live in Irvine, California, which is a relatively nice place that is also one of the cleanest and safest cities in the US. But I had a bizarre experience one day. I walked out to the dumpster in my complex … Read More

What Would Rashi Say About Drag Queens?

What Would Rashi Say About Drag Queens?
By April 24, 2007

One of the things I have always loved about Judaism is its dynamic, evolving nature—rich with tradition, but always cognizant of how important it is that the tradition be made relevant to our contemporary era. The existence of Midrash and … Read More

Fathers, Sons, and Bad Jokes

Fathers, Sons, and Bad Jokes
By April 20, 2007

My dissertation advisor — we'll call him Dr. S from Purdue University — just arrived this afternoon in Boca Raton for the Jewish American literature symposium. And so, of course, after the last session of presentations, I decided to join him and … Read More

Giuliani a Jew?

By April 20, 2007

According to an article in the Jerusalem Post today, Rudy Guiliani has campaign organizations set up not just in all 50 US states, but also in the State of Israel. The thousands of eligible absentee voters in Israel could have … Read More

One of These Jews is Not Like the Other

One of These Jews is Not Like the Other
By April 20, 2007

"All men are Jews," Bernard Malamud once said. According to French philosopher and novelist Maurice Blanchot, "Judaism is an essential modality of all that is human." The latter, I take to heart, literally and figuratively. The former, I find interesting … Read More

The Crime of Being Jewish

By April 20, 2007

Earlier this week, the name of Daniel Pearl was added to the Holocaust Memorial Wall in Miami. He is the first non-Holocaust victim to be added to the wall. Daniel Pearl died for the crime of being Jewish, which is … Read More

Jolie’s Clever Strategy

By April 20, 2007

So Angelina Jolie is going to play the wife of Daniel Pearl in the upcoming film A Mighty Heart.  Apparently she and the film’s director, Britain’s Michael Winterbottom, did not get along too well during the making of the film. … Read More

If you want to be cool, you will read . . .

If you want to be cool, you will read . . .
By April 20, 2007

For the last hour I've been debating on whether or not to post another blog about books, and since I'm still at the Jewish American Literature Symposium for the rest of the week, I can't promise that there won't be … Read More