Margaret Toth

Margaret Toth

Associate Professor

Department : English

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Phone : 718-862-7369

Office : MEM 420


PHD, Tufts University
MA, Boston College
BA, College of Wooster


Research and teaching interests:

  • Late 19th and 20th c. U.S. Literature & Visual Culture
  • Race, Gender, and Imperialism in U.S. Literature
  •  Film Studies
  • Multiethnic U.S. Literature
  • Material Culture
  • New Modernist Studies



Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Manhattan College (2008-2014)
  • Associate Professor, Manhattan College (2014-present)

Professional Memberships

  • The Society for the Study of American Women Writers
  • MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.)
  • The Edith Wharton Society
  • The Literature/Film Association


Publications & Professional Activities

  • "Seeing Edith Wharton's Ghosts: The Alternative Gaze on Page and Screen." Journal of Narrative Theory. Accepted/Forthcoming
  • "Orientalism, Modernism, and Gender in Edith Wharton's Late Novels." Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism. Ed. Meredith Goldsmith and Emily Orlando. Gainsville, FL: UP of Florida, 2016.
  • "Memento's Postmodern Noir Fantasy: Place, Domesticity and Gender Identity." The Cinema of Chrisopher Nolan: Imagining the Impossible. Ed. Jacqueline Furby and Stuart Joy. New York: Columbia UP, 2015.
  • "Shaping Modern Bodies: Edith Wharton on Dieting, Weight, and Visual Media." Modern Fiction Studies 60.4 (Winter 2014): 711-739. 
  • "María Cristina Mena, Transnationalism, and Mass Media: Untold Stories in the Archive." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 30.2 (December 2013): 331-354.
  • Introduction and Edition of "My Protocol for Our Sister Americas" (1943) by María Cristina Chambers (née Mena). Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 30.2 (December 2013): 355-360.
  • "Staged Bodies: Passing, Performance, and Masquerade in Charles W. Chesnutt's The House Behind the Cedars." MELUS 37.4 (Winter 2012): 69-91.
  • "Race and Imperialism." Edith Wharton In Context. Ed. Laura Rattray. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012.
  • “Framing the Body:  Imperialism and Visual Discourse in María Cristina Mena’s Short Fiction.”  Legacy:  A Journal of American Women Writers 26.1 (2009): 92-118.
  • “Decolonizing Pedagogy:  Teaching Louise Erdrich’s The Bingo Palace.”  Studies in American Indian Literatures 19.1 (Spring, 2007):  91-116.

Select Conference Papers:

  • June 2016, "Modern Visions: Clairvoyance in Wharton's Post-War Literature." Edith Wharton in Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • May 2016, "Staging Spirituality: Wharton and Orientalist Material Culture." Edith Wharton Society Panel. The American Literature Association, San Francisco
  • November 2015, "Seeing Edith Wharton's Ghosts: The Threshold of Adaptation." The Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia
  • October 2014, "Adapting Geography: Place, Land, and the Industrial Frontier in Oil! and There Will Be Blood." The Literature/Film Association, Missoula, MT
  • June 2014, "Authorial Reinvention: María Cristina Mena and Middlebrow Writing." Inventing the Middlebrow, St. Paul
  • October 2012, "Writing, Revising, Belonging: María Cristina Mena and Authorship." The Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Denver
  • June 2012, "Edith Wharton and Orientalism." Edith Wharton in Florence: A Sesquicentennial Conference, Florence, Italy
  • November 2010, “Visual Media and African-American Modernism.” MELUS Panel. SAMLA, Atlanta
  • October 2009, “Diets, Corsets, and the Technologically-Produced Image: Wharton and Women’s Visual Cultures.” Edith Wharton Society Panel. Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia
  • June 2009, Invited Talk. “Seeing (And Not Believing) Archival Sources: Photography and Film of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition’s Midway.” Photography & Visual Culture Panel. Maine Women Writers Collection 50th Anniversary Symposium (Women in the Archives), Portland, ME
  • November 2006, “Framing the Body: Imperialism, Photography, and Visual Discourse in The Collected Stories of María Cristina Mena.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia
  • July 2003    “The Cannibal at Home: Wharton’s The House of Mirth.” The Edith Wharton Society International Conference, London

Honors & Awards

  • Sabbatical Leave, 2015-2016
  • Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University, 2016
  • Winterthur Short-Term Residential Fellowship, 2016
  • Summer Research Grant, Manhattan College, 2015
  • Summer Research Grant, Manhattan College, 2012
  • Tournées Film Festival Grant, 2010-2011

Courses Taught/Teaching

ENGL 110      College Writing

ENGL 150      Roots of Literature: Crimes and Punishments

ENGL 255      Elements of the Film

ENGL 256      Types of Film Experience: Film Noir

ENGL 306      Introduction to Literary Study

ENGL 372      American Literature to 1914

ENGL 380      Ethnic American Literature

ENGL385       Film Narrative