Tahneer Oksman is Associate Professor of Academic Writing. Her scholarship and teaching revolves around writing, visual narrative and especially comics, autobiography/memoir studies, women’s literature, and Jewish American literature. She has taught themed first-year writing classes on topics including Graphic Storytelling, Writing About Photography, Into the Wild, Writing the Visible, Autobiography and New York City, Space, Place, and Identity, and Online Identities. She has taught the MMC New York City seminar, New York’s Literary Women, many times, and co-taught, with Professor Michael Colvin, an EWL literary seminar, Visual Memoir. She has also regularly taught Arts and Media Reporting and Criticism (JOUR310).
Prior to joining the faculty at Marymount, Professor Oksman 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.
She is the author of “How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs (Columbia University Press, 2016), and the co-editor of the anthology, The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place Inside Yourself (University Press of Mississippi, 2018). Her academic writing has been published or is forthcoming in journals including A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, Studies in American Jewish Literature, Life Writing, MELUS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Contemporary Jewry, The Lion and the Unicorn, Studies of Graphic Novels and Comics, American Jewish History, and Studies in Comics, as well as collections including Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Essays on Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels, Pathographics: Narrative, Aesthetics, Contention, Community, Bodies and Borders in Jewish Women’s Comics, Keywords for Comics Studies, and Spaces Between: Gender, Diversity, and Identity in Comics. Currently, she is co-editing, with Professor Laura Limonic (SUNY-Old Westbury), a Special Issue of Shofar: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, on the topic, What’s Jewish About Death?, while also working on a monograph, Visualizing Grief: An Aesthetics of Assembly.
In addition to her academic work, Tahneer’s cultural criticism on visual culture has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, the Forward, The Guardian, Public Books, The Comics Journal, Lilith, Cleaver Magazine, and the Women’s Review of Books, where she is Graphic Novel Editor.
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
M.A., The University of Chicago
B.A., The University of Pennsylvania
“How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs (Columbia University Press, 2016), amazon page.
Reviewed in Life Writing; Contemporary Women’s Writing; Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature; Contemporary Jewry; American Jewish History; Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies; AJS Review; Journal of Jewish Identities; Women in Judaism; Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society; Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics; H-Net Reviews; MELUS; and Biography.
Lilith Magazine, excerpt from the book.
A Conversation with Tahneer Oksman, Interviewed and Edited by Ranen Omer-Sherman, Cleaver Magazine, March 16, 2016.
Interview with Tahneer Oksman, New Books Network (podcast), March 24, 2016.
Book excerpt, The Comics Journal, March 11, 2016.
The comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place Inside Yourself. Co-edited anthology, with Seamus O’Malley (University Press of Mississippi, Critical Approaches to Comics Artists series, 2019), amazon page.
Select Recent Publications:
“Re-assembling a shared life in Anders Nilsen’s Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow.” In PathoGraphics: Narrative, Aesthetics, Contention, Community. Penn State University Press (forthcoming, 2019).
“Introduction: a shared space.” In The comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place Inside Yourself. Edited by Oksman and O’Malley. University Press of Mississippi, 2019. xi-lvi.
“Seasons of Grief.” In Who Will Speak for America?: Envisioning a New National Community After Trump. Edited by Nathaniel Popkin and Stephanie Feldman. Temple University Press, 2018. 41-48.
Review of Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women’s Liberation Movement (NYU Press), by Joyce Antler. Contemporary Jewry 38.3 (Winter 2018): 437-439.
Review of Tolerance Discourse and Young Adult Holocaust Literature(Routledge), by Rachel Dean-Ruzicka. The Lion and the Unicorn42.3 (September 2018): 375-378.
Review of JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews, by Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt. H-Net Reviews (H-Judaic). June 2017.
Review of Cartoonists Against the Holocaust, by Rafael Medoff and Craig Yoe. American Jewish History 101.2 (2017): 319-321.
“‘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. Bloomsbury, 2016. 29-40.
Review of Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online, eds. Anna Poletti and Julie Rak. Life Writing 12.3 (2015).
“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.]
Select Recent Cultural Criticism:
“Pen and Tell Her.” Review of Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survivaled. by Diane Noomin, and Commuteby Erin Williams (book review). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 36, Issue 5 (Sept./Oct.), 2019.
“Revelations.” Review of How I Tried to Be a Good Person by Ulli Lust, and Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers (book review). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 36, Issue 3 (May/June), 2019.
“Eavesdropping for a better world” (interview with Mira Jacob). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 36, Issue 2 (March/April), 2019.
“An interview with Lauren Weinstein” (interview). The Believer (believermag.com), Jan. 31, 2019.
“‘I really had to reinvent myself’: an interview with Julie Doucet” (interview). Los Angeles Review of Books, Jan. 19, 2019. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/i-really-had-to-reinvent-myself-an-interview-with-julie-doucet/
“Production vs Reproduction.” Review of This Woman’s Workby Julie Delporte, and Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaosby Lucy Knisely (book review). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 36, Issue 1 (Jan./Feb.), 2019.
“Wake Up Call.” Review of The Mental Load: A Feminist Comicby Emma, and Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. The Patriarchyby Liv Strömquist(book review). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 35, Issue 6 (Nov./Dec.), 2018.
“An interview with cartoonist Liana Finck” (interview). The Believer (believermag.com), Sept. 20, 2018.
“Afterlives.” Review of Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Ari Folman and David Polonsky, and A Bubble by Geneviève Castrée (book review). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 35, Issue 5 (Sept./Oct.), 2018.
“Graphic Depictions.” Review of Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney, and Graphic Reproduction: A Comics Anthology, ed. by Jenell Johnson (book review). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 35, Issue 4 (July/August), 2018.
“Portrait of an Autobiographical Cartoonist: An Interview with Aline Kominsky-Crumb” (interview). Los Angeles Review of Books, July 14, 2018.
“Unframed.” Review of Charlotte Salomon and the Theatre of Memory by Griselda Pollock (book review). Women’s Review of Books, Vol. 35, Issue 3 (May/June Issue), 2018. wcwonline.org/Women-s-Review-of-Books-May/June-2018/unframed
Introduction to Emily Steinberg’s “Berlin Story: Time, Memory, Place” (essay). Cleaver Magazine, Issue 20, Dec. 2017.
“The things that scare you”: Dominique Goblet’s Pretending Is Lying (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, June 8, 2017.
“Over-thinking Life and Death with Roz Chast” (essay). Fall 2016. Paper Brigade (new literary magazine from Jewish Book Council)
Review of Nadja Spiegelman’s You’re Supposed to Protect Me From All This (book review). Public Books, site affiliated with Public Culture, Nov. 1, 2016. Reposted on The Guardian, Nov. 9, 2016.
“Reading Aloud with Julie Doucet” (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, June 24, 2016.
Review of The Complete Wimmin’s Comix (book review). The Comics Journal, April 21, 2016.
“Drawing a Room of Her Own” (guest blog). Jewish Book Council, April 4, 2016.
“On Writing a Jewish Book” (personal essay). Lilith Magazine, Winter 2016.
“The Unapologetic Pursuit of Pleasure” (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, Dec. 12, 2015.
“An Aesthetic of Expansiveness: Drawn & Quarterly at 25 Years” (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, July 23, 2015.
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