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.

A Modicum of Respect

By April 18, 2007

Last night, as I was lying on my couch watching Sex and the City and munching on chocolate, my roommate looked over at me from her couch and said, "You know, there was a moment today where I had a … Read More

The Witch Hunt Begins

The Witch Hunt Begins
By April 17, 2007

In the wake of every disaster, we always look for a scapegoat — someone or something to blame, something at which to point our wagging fingers. Or, in struggling to understand why or how something catastrophic happened, we try to … Read More

What do Moses, Samuel Jackson, Yul Brynner, and Faulkner Have in Common?

By April 17, 2007

Because I think stuff like this is fun, I've been sitting in on a graduate seminar at Purdue called Moses and Modernism — it's a class that explores all the modern and post-modern appearances of the biblical Moses in literature. It's amazing … Read More

Talkin’ About a Revolution . . .

Talkin’ About a Revolution . . .
By April 17, 2007

There's an interesting article in the Village Voice about commemorations of tragic events and the nature of memory and representation — in the context of Latin American totalitarianism. The underlying question seems to be how we can/should use public spaces to … Read More

Virginia Tech Tragedy: Narcissistic Injury

By April 17, 2007

An article in the New York Times mentions mentions that yesterday's tragedy at Virginia Tech is being called a "narcissistic injury." So I looked up the phrase . . . it's creepy. Any threat (real or imagined) to the narcissist's … Read More

Samson the Terrorist: A New Midrash?

Samson the Terrorist: A New Midrash?
By April 17, 2007

The Victoria Philharmonic Choir recently ran a performance of Handel's Samson Oratorio, but with a bit of a twist on the old biblical narrative: Samson as 1946 Jewish suicide bomber — and not without controversy. The director, Simon Capet, draws … Read More

Death Becomes Us, and the Pulitzer

By April 16, 2007

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and it looks like Cormac McCarthy (The Road) is the big winner for the fiction category. The October New York Times review of McCarthy's novel calls it a "visually stunning picture of how it looks at the … Read More

Muslim Taxi-Drivers Say No to Alcohol

By April 16, 2007

According to this article in the Jerusalem Post, Muslim cab-drivers who work the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are about to receive some harsh penalties for refusing to serve passengers carrying alcohol. The panel of the Metropolitan Airports Commission voted to … Read More