Marymount Manhattan

Department of
Academic Writing

Tahneer Oksman

Tahneer Oksman is Assistant Professor of Academic Writing and Director of the Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College. Her research and teaching interests include composition studies and Writing Across the Curriculum, autobiography studies, graphic novels and comics, and American literature. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Marymount, Tahneer taught courses in writing, graphic narratives, and American literature at Brooklyn College, NYU’s Gallatin School, and Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She also served as Co-Coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Brooklyn College.

In addition to her academic work, Tahneer frequently publishes reviews and interviews related to her interests in publications including The Forward and Jewish Book Council, and she is the graphic narratives reviews editor for the online literary journal, Cleaver Magazine (


Professor Oksman is currently on leave from the College. She will return for the Fall 2015 semester. If you have any questions about the Academic Writing program, please email Dr. Mark Bresnan (


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CUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D, English Language and Literature

The University of Chicago, M.A., Humanities

The University of Pennsylvania, B.A., English



Recent Work

“How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs (book, forthcoming from Columbia University Press)


Journal Articles:

“Stranger in a Strange Land: Self-Creation and Self-Exile in Vanessa Davis’s Make Me a Woman.” Studies in American Jewish Literature 32.2 (Fall 2013): 141-166.

“Visualizing the Jewish Body in Need More Love.” Studies in Comics 1.2 (Nov. 2010): 213- 232.

“Mourning the Family Album.” A/B: Auto/Biography Studies24.2 (Winter 2009): 235-248.[Reprinted in Documentary & Archival Research. Edited by Jason Hughes and John Goodwin. London:SAGE Publications, 2014.]

Book Chapters:

“‘Not a word for little girls!’: Knowledge, word, and image in Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn.” In Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Essays on Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels, ed. Derek Parker Royal. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press. Forthcoming, 2014.


“Thinking Panoramically: An Interview with Lauren Weinstein.” In Graphic Details: Jewish Women and Comics, ed. Michael Kaminer and Sarah Lightman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers. Forthcoming, 2013.

“‘A Portrait of the World Through My Eyes’: An Interview with Miss Lasko-Gross.” In Graphic Details: Jewish Women and Comics, ed. Michael Kaminer and Sarah Lightman.Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers. Forthcoming, 2013.

“In Search of the Whole Truth: An Interview with Vanessa Davis.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4.1 (2013), 179-184.

Selected Academic Book Reviews:

Review of The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust by Marianne Hirsch. A/B: Auto/Biography Studies. Forthcoming, 2014.

Review of Projections: Comics and the History of Twenty-First Century Storytelling by Jared Gardner. Studies in Comics 3.2 (Dec. 2012): 387-389. 

Review of Identity Papers: Contemporary Narratives of American Jewishness by Helene Meyers. MELUS 37.3 (Fall 2012): 227-229. 

Review of Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels, edited by Michael A. Chaney. Studies in Comics 2.1 (May 2011): 223-225.

Review of Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels edited by A. David Lewis and Christine Hoff Kraemer. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 2.1 (June 2011): 96-98.

Review of Graphic Women: Life Narrative & Contemporary Comics by Hillary L. Chute. Contemporary Women’s Writing 5.3 (2011): 258-260.

Selected Non-Academic Publications:

Review of Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work curated by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M.V. David and edited by Leonard S. Marcus (book review). Cleaver Magazine (online, April 7, 2014).


Review of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (book review). Jewish Book Council.


Review of A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in New York by Liana Finck and Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl: Yiddish Letter Manuals from Russian and America byAlice Nakhimovsky and Roberta Newman (book review). Jewish Book Council.


Review of Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (book review). The Comics Alternative (online, Feb. 18, 2014).

“Visual Elegies: Notes on the Legacy of Kim Thompson” (editor’s blog). Cleaver Magazine (online, July 10, 2013).

Review of Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust (book review). Cleaver Magazine (online, June 21, 2013).

“The Poetry of Comics” (editor’s blog). Cleaver Magazine (online, June 6, 2013).

“Sholem Aleichem’s ‘Bushels and Baskets of Stories’” (film review). The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward (online, July 8, 2011)

“Of Women, Comics, and Reclaiming Jewish Stereotypes” (short essay).The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward (online, June 22, 2011).

“Amos Oz on Not Writing Universally” (film review). The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward (online, May 13, 2011).

“Stalking Grace: Lily’s Rivlin’s Documentary of Grace Paley” (film review). The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward (online, March 18, 2011).

“Documenting a Sweatshop Cinderella: Q&A with Suzanne Wasserman” (interview with  Anzia Yezierska documentary filmmaker). The Jewish Daily Forward (online, May 5, 2010).


Writ 101: Space, Place, and Identity

Writ 102: Autobiography and New York City

Writ 201: Writing about Photography

NYC 102 (NYC seminar): New York’s Literary Women