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.

Why Boycotts Are the Devil: Martha Nussbaum Tells it Like it Is

Why Boycotts Are the Devil: Martha Nussbaum Tells it Like it Is
By May 31, 2007

In an essay in this summer's Dissent (published online in advance of the print version), superstar American philosopher Martha Nussbaum speaks out against Britain's 120,000-strong University and College Union vote yesterday to endorse a motion to boycott Israeli universities. Though local branches … Read More

Imagining Jewishness

Imagining Jewishness
By May 21, 2007

In his review of Michael Chabon's new novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Nathan Englander's The Ministry of Special Cases, William Deresiewicz says of the state of American Judaism: My own experience tells me that American Judaism has long been beset by a deep … Read More

Jewish Haiku For You

Jewish Haiku For You
By May 16, 2007

Yesterday a friend forwarded me an email she had received from her Catholic mother, who had originally received the email from her friend, who is "an older Jewish woman," I'm told. Apparently, the "older Jewish woman" thought that the older Catholic … Read More

Sexy or Not?: In Bed With Jews and Evangelicals

Sexy or Not?: In Bed With Jews and Evangelicals
By May 10, 2007

As indicated by this article in today's Jerusalem Post, the verdict is not out on whether Jews (both in and outside of Israel) should embrace the Evangelical community's growing support for Israel. But with the fairly recent establishment of Knesset's Christian … Read More

How Many Jews Does It Take To Change a Lightbulb?

How Many Jews Does It Take To Change a Lightbulb?
By May 8, 2007

My roommate is my newest blogging muse. She delights in feeding me information that I can turn into blog posts. And I, in turn, take great joy in accepting her great ideas and passing them off as my own. So, … Read More

The Root of All Evil: Don’t Bite Too Hard

The Root of All Evil: Don’t Bite Too Hard
By May 2, 2007

This afternoon I ran into a friend of mine, and we somehow got into a discussion about something I said in yesterday's post — about how I am troubled by the idea that something needs to be "Christianized" in order to … Read More

Mind Your Own Shoah Business

Mind Your Own Shoah Business
By May 1, 2007

Eric J. Sundquist, mega rockstar of American literary criticism, was recently awarded a Mellon Foundation award worth $1.5 million over three years, for his ongoing study of the impact of the Holocaust on American literature. Sundquist, an English professor at … Read More

Al Jazeera, Dr. Ruth, and Jewish Disco Queens: A Kosher Combination

Al Jazeera, Dr. Ruth, and Jewish Disco Queens: A Kosher Combination
By April 26, 2007

I get a weekly email from the Forward, which I do not open unless I am somehow enticed or titillated by the subject line. Today's looked like this: Al Jazeera's Jews * Zion's Mafia * Dr. Ruth's Advice Hmm, I thought … Read More