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.

No Business Like Shoah Business

No Business Like Shoah Business
By April 16, 2007

I’m going to do something that I despise in other people—I’m going to talk authoritatively about a book that I have not read. It’s really one of the most despicable things that people seem to do more and more of … Read More

Primo Levi’s Defiant Molecule

Primo Levi’s Defiant Molecule
By April 16, 2007

Twenty years after his death, Primo Levi is still being read, and now we have something new to explore. This year Norton has published A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories, and one of the stories — "The Molecule's Defiance" — is … Read More

African Americans Equal German Target Practice

By April 16, 2007

With the lingering Imus debacle and now this new slew of racial insults from a German army instructor, Al Sharpton (who is "outraged") is going to have his hands full. Yikes. Apparently, the instructor ordered a soldier to imagine himself in New … Read More

Vonnegut, the Non-Jewish Writer, Dies

Vonnegut, the Non-Jewish Writer, Dies
By April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut, called one of America's best writers by the likes of Graham Greene, John Irving, and Tom Wolfe, died last night — apparently due to complications from brain injuries sustained during a recent fall. You can read about it in … Read More

Finding the Lost Tribe of Judah…in Poland

Finding the Lost Tribe of Judah…in Poland
By April 11, 2007

This past weekend I somehow managed to end up in a Catholic church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan—not once, but two times. I had happily agreed to travel home with a girlfriend for the weekend to hang out with her family. … Read More