Margaret Toth

Associate Professor



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

Courses Taught

ENGL 110      College Writing

ENGL 150      Roots of Literature: Crimes and Punishments

ENGL 151      Roots of Literature (FYS): Haunted Homes

ENGL 255      Elements of the Film

ENGL 256      Types of Film Experience: Film Noir

ENGL 292       Special Topics in Literature: Hollywood Fictions

ENGL 306      Introduction to Literary Study

ENGL 372      American Literature to 1914

ENGL 374      The American Novel to 1914: Lust, Passion, and the Body

ENGL 380      Ethnic American Literature

ENGL 385       Film Narrative

ENGL 395       Senior Seminar: Authorship in Hollywood's Golden Age


  • Research

    Research and teaching interests:

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



  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    Peer & Editor Reviewed Articles:
    • "Seeing Edith Wharton's Ghosts: The Alternative Gaze on Page and Screen." Journal of Narrative Theory 47.1 (Winter 2017): 26-55.
    • "Authorship, Gender, and the Modern Muse in Edith Wharton's Vance Weston Novels: A Response to Judith P. Saunders." Connotations (2017).
    • "Orientalism, Modernism, and Gender in Edith Wharton's Late Novels." Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism. Ed. Meredith Goldsmith and Emily Orlando. Gainesville, 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.

    Other Publications


    Select Conference Papers:

    • October 2017, "Edith Wharton, Adaptation, and the Literary Marketplace." The Literature and Film Association, Missoula, MT
    • July 2017, "Entering Middlebrow Territory: Edith Wharton's The Glimpses of the Moon and Its Commercial Afterlives." The Society for the Study of American Women Writers' International Conference, Bordeaux, France
    • 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
  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    • Assistant Professor, Manhattan College (2008-2014)
    • Associate Professor, Manhattan College (2014-present)
    • Member-at-Large, Executive Board of the Edith Wharton Society (2017-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


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • 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