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Margaret E. Toye

Dr. Margaret E. Toye

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2010
Fax: 519 883 0991
Office Location: R106U - 202 Regina Street
Office Hours: On sabbatical until July 1 2017
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)



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

International Research Groups

  • One of the founding members of GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies Feminist Love Studies Network

Ongoing Research

  • I am presently co-editing with Ann Ferguson the special issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy "Feminist Love Studies in the 21st Century"
  • I am also working on a book manuscript, provisionally entitled Rethinking Love: A Feminist Poethics.


 * 2015 "Re-imagining feminist theories of 'love' in a posthuman world." Stream #6- Posthuman Affects in the 21st Century Feminist Production. Affect Theory Conference: Worldings, Tensions, Futures. Millersville University. Lancaster, PA. 13-17 October 2015.

* 2015 "Love sensation: feminist epistemologies of love and affect." Love, Sensitive Experience and Feminism. Area of Theory and Sociological Thought (UAM-Azcapotzalco) and the Feminist Love Studies-An International Network. Casa Rafael Galvan, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico. 17-19 September 2015.

*2015. "Love and knowledge/love as knowledge: feminist epistemology and the concept of love." Philosophy Speaker Series. Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON. 13 March 2015.

*2015. With Sharon Marquart. "Witnessing, Testimony, and Feminist Ethics and Affect Studies." First Series of Events—Affective Testimonies of Gendered Violence. Feminist Ethics and Testimony Research Group. Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies. 28 January 2015.

* 2014 "A revolution in post-apartheid ethics? Luce Irigaray's  'sexual difference' and Nadine Gordimer's No Time Like the Present in dialogue." Topologies of Sexual Difference. The Irigaray Circle 2014 Conference. The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at RMIT and Victoria College of Arts, University Melbourne, Australia. 10-12 December 2014.

*2014 "'Poethics of Love' as Feminist Methodology." Science, Technology and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities. Joint Meeting of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. 10-13 August 2014.

*2013. "Positioning Love and Affect." Seminar: Positioning Love and Affect. Global Positioning Systems. American Comparative Literature Association. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. 4-7 April 2013. 

*2013. Invited planning meeting: Love Studies Theme. GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies. Orebro University, Orebro, Sweden. 21-22 March 2013. 

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.