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.

It’s My Life

It’s My Life
By April 19, 2007

Growing up, I experienced countless heated family discussions — there are seven people in my immediate family, and we are neither like-minded nor meek when it comes to our opinions on virtually everything. One of the most ridiculous things I … Read More

Butt of Jokes and Joke of Butts

Butt of Jokes and Joke of Butts
By April 19, 2007

An article in the New York Times today is a bit booty-obsessed. About five months ago Steven Lien opened up his dream store in Portland – Under U For Men — and it's been wildly successful, with plans for two more branches. … Read More

If you prick us, do we not bleed?

If you prick us, do we not bleed?
By April 19, 2007

"If you prick us, do we not bleed?" asks Shakespeare's Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.  I just listened to an intriguing presentation by Andrew Gordon, a scholar of Jewish American literature at University of Florida, called "The Jew as … Read More

Jackie Mason For President

Jackie Mason For President
By April 19, 2007

About a year or so ago, I got a call from my mother, which is not uncommon, but this call was particularly memorable. She wanted to know if I knew who Jackie Mason was. Uh, yeah Mom, I think I … Read More

Atheism Will Get You Everywhere

By April 19, 2007

This morning I flew down to Boca Raton, Florida for the annual Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium. On a whim, I decided that I wanted to bring some new reading for the plane — something completely outside my area … Read More

Jews, a Real Crafty Bunch

Jews, a Real Crafty Bunch
By April 18, 2007

 A post over at Haaretz questions whether there is a proper place for stereotypes. A couple of weeks ago, Michael Ray Richardson, a basketball player who went to Hapoel Ramat Gan more than a decade ago after being banned by … Read More

What Do You Get When You Cross a Jewish Diaspora With an Indian Partition?

What Do You Get When You Cross a Jewish Diaspora With an Indian Partition?
By April 18, 2007

We don't often think about Jews in India. Well, I don't anyway. But  two years ago I was at a 20th-Century Literature conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and I discovered some things I didn't know. I had driven down from West … Read More

A Most Tragic Irony

By April 18, 2007

It seems that one of the professors who was killed in this week's Virginia Tech shooting was a Holocaust survivor. Liviu Librescu, an internationally respected aeronautics engineer who taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years, saved the lives of several students … Read More