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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Margaret Toye

Dr. Margaret E. Toye

Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies

Contact Information
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Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2010
Fax: 519 883 0991
Office Location: R106U - 202 Regina Street
Office Hours: Winter 2014 - on sabbatical
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
  • PhD in English (University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario)
  • MA in English (York University, Toronto, Ontario)
  • BA (Hons) in English (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario)

COURSES 2012/2013

  • WS303 Feminist Theory
  • WS100 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WS490e: Special Topics: Gender and Emotion



Dr. Margaret Toye is an Associate Professor with the Women and Gender Studies Program where she is presently serving as the Coordinator of the Program. She is also a core member with the M.A. Program in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory. 

Youtube clip on Dr. Margaret Toye produced for the CAST Program


  • Poststructuralist Feminist Theory
    • Feminist Ethics; The Ethics and Politics of Love; Poethics
    • Gender and Embodiment; Gender and Consumption; Gender and Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies; Food Studies; Contemporary Women's Novels
  • Creative forms of argument


Articles/Book Chapters

  • "The Promise and the Apology: Speech-Acts, Ethics and Reading in Mavis Gallant's 'The Pegnitz Junction.'" Papers on Language and Literature. 47.2 (Spring 2011): 162-195.

  • "Towards a 'Poethics of Love': Poststructuralist Ethics and Literary Creation." Feminist Theory 11.1 (April 2010): 39-55.

  • “Care of the Self or Care of the Other? Towards a Poststructuralist Ethics of Pedagogy." Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility. Eds. Dominic Rainsford and Tim Woods. London: Macmillan P, 1999/New York: St. Martin's P, 1999. 203-219. 

Book Reviews

  • Shildrick, Margaret and Roxanne Mykitiuk, eds. Ethics of the Body: Postconventional Challenges. Gender, Place and Culture 13.4 (August 2006): 455-475.
  • Banting, Pamela. Body Inc.: A Theory of Translation Poetics.  Ariel (Fall 1996): 187-190.

PhD Dissertation

  • “Cyborg Revolutions: Towards a Postfeminist Ethics With Angela Carter, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray and Donna Haraway.” University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario (2002).

Multimedia Workshops

Ongoing Research

  • I am presently working on a book manuscript, provisionally entitled Rethinking Love: A Feminist Poethics.


* 29 May 2012. Moderator, with Carla Fehr.  "Women Leading the Academy: Negotiating Power and Identity at a Crossroads." Invited Plenary Speakers: Malinda Smith, Sunera Thobani. CWAS/ACEF. Congress 2012. 

* 23 May 2012. "The Politics of Love." Emotional Blackmail. Off Topic Series. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. 

* 26-28 April 2012. Love transmogrified: technologies of gender and genre in Barbara Gowdy's We So Seldom Look on LoveGender, Bodies & Technology Conference: (Dis)Integrating Frames. Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Virginia Tech. Roanoke, Virginia.

* 2 March 2012. "Re-/:  Rethinking Love: A Feminist Poethics or, how a question posed to me at a conference changed the direction of my book." MA in CAST Colloquium Series.

* 13 February 2012. Invited Guest Speaker. "Rethinking Love: A Feminist Poethics." Feminist Philosophy Lecture Series. Feminist Thought: Constructive Revisions of the Canon. Brock University, St. Catherine's, Ontario. 

21 April 2011: Invited Guest Speaker. Lecture Series: Explorations on Love. The Isabelle Kaplan Center for Languages and Cultures. Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont. 

* 2-4 December 2010:  "It’s about time! Irigaray, Hegel’s Antigone and the Politics of Love" was part of the GEXcel (Center for Gender Excellence) Conference of Workshops , "Love in Our Time -- A Question for Feminism" at Orebro University, Orebro Sweden. 

* 18 November 2010. Panel Participant. The F-word Symposium. Wilfrid Laurier University at Brantford, Brantford, Ontario.

In the News

2008 Interviewed and quoted by Maryam Sanati, Editor-in-Chief. “The Agony and the Ecstasy: Our Tortured Relationship With Sex and the City." Chatelaine Magazine.

2008 Interviewed by 95.9 FM Radio Humber, Toronto. A Women’s Studies perspective on consumption and Valentine’s Day. Broadcast 14 February 2008.

2006 Interviewed and quoted by Jennifer Parks about Sexual Assault Prevention. Parks, Jennifer. "Educate Yourself." Edmonton Sun. 9 September 2006.