MARGARET M TOSCANO portrait
  • Director of Graduate Studies, World Languages and Cultures
  • Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures
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Presentations

  • Classics Association of the Midwest, West, and South; Waco, Texas “The Odyssey: A Love Story” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/2013.
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Romance; Thessaloniki, Greece “The Courtship of Odysseus and Penelope” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/2013.
  • Eugene England Annual Lecture, Utah Valley University . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Panel Presentation at "Bodies Incorporated" Conference on Gender and Sexuality at Texas A&M University: "Corporate Mormonism and Female Bodies: Appropriation, Complicity, and Resistance". Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2012.
  • "The Mythic Structure of Love and Death in Woody Allen's Films," at Film & History Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2012.
  • "War is Hell: The Ethics of War in the Book of Mormon," at the Society of Mormon Philosophical Theology Symposium, Logan, Utah. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2012.
  • "Catholic-Mormon Dialogue on Women's Ordination" at Claremont Graduate University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2012.
  • Honors Special Lecture, University of Utah: "Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Gospels". Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2012.
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, NYC, “Love’s Balance Sheet: Accounting for the Bondage of Desire and the Freedom of Choice in Popular Historical Romance” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2011.
  • Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference, SLC,“Self-Doubt as a Precursor to Grace in Mechthild of Magdeburg and Margery Kempe” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2011.
  • Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, “Psyche’s Journey to the Underworld: The Importance of the Female Hero in Afterlife Images on the Endymion Sarcophagus” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2011.
  • EROS Conference, Human Conditions Series, Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada; “Transgression and Transformation: Sacred Marriage Patterns in Apuleius’ ‘Cupid and Psyche’ and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/20/2010.
  • Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri; “Mormon Morality and Immortality in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/09/2010.
  • Classical Association of the Midwest, West, and South Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; “The Eyes Have It: Female Desire on Attic Greek Vases.” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/15/2010.

Languages

  • Ancient Greek (to 1453), fluent.
  • Ancient Hebrew, functional.
  • German, basic.
  • Hebrew, basic.
  • Latin, fluent.
  • Middle High German (ca. 1050-1500), basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Greece
  • Italy

Publications

  • "Medusa and Perseus, and the Relationship between Myth and Science," in Medusa and her Sisters: The Cnidaria, Past, Present and Future, Springer. In press, 02/27/2015.
  • “The Mormon ‘Ordain Women’ Movement: The Virtue of Virtual Activism,” in Feminism in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders, Routledge. Published, 01/15/2015.
  • “Class, Chaos, and Control in Rome, Season 2,” in Rome, Season Two: Trial and Triumph, Edinburgh University Press. In press, 12/01/2014.
  • "Priesthood and LDS Women in the 20th Century," in Ordain Women and Resurgent Mormon Feminism: Voices for Equality in a Conservative Faith Tradition, Greg Kofford Books. Accepted, 12/01/2014.
  • Encyclopedia Entry: “Herm, or Herma,” in Encyclopedia of the Penis, AltaMira Press. Accepted, 12/2013.
  • “The Eyes Have It: Female Desire on Attic Greek Vases," Arethusa (Johns Hopkins UP) 46.1 (2013): 1-40. Published, 01/2013.
  • “The Womanizing of Mark Antony: Virile Ruthlessness and Redemptive Cross-Dress in Rome, Season Two," in Ancient Worlds in Film and Television: Gender and Politics, Brill. Published, 01/2013.
  • “Movement from the Margins: Mormon Women’s Visions of the Mother God,” in Spirit, Faith and Church: Women’s Experiences in the English-Speaking World, 17th-21st Century, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 207-226. Published, 01/2012.
  • “Love is Hell: Torment, Sex, and Redemption in the Cupid and Psyche Myth,” in Hell and Its Afterlife, ed. Isabel Moreira and Margaret Toscano, Ashgate. Published, 12/01/2010.
  • Hell and Its Afterlife: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, co-edited with Isabel Moreira, Ashgate Publishing. Published, 12/01/2010.
  • “Mormon Morality and Immortality in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series,” in Bitten by Twilight: Youth Culture, Media, and the Vampire Franchise, ed. Melissa Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz, Peter Lang, pp. 21-36. Published, 05/01/2010.
  • "Homer Meets the Coen Brothers: Memory as Artistic Pastiche in *O Brother, Where Art Thou?*" in *Film and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies,* vol. 39.2. Published, 2009.
  • “Gowns and Gossip: Gender and Class Struggle in Rome,” in *Rome, Season One: History Makes Television,* ed. Monica S. Cyrino, with Blackwell. Published, 2008.
  • “Is There a Place for Heavenly Mother in Mormon Theology? An Investigation into Discourses of Power,” in Discourses in Mormon Theology: Philosophical and Theological Possibilities, Greg Kofford Books, 193-223. Published, 01/2007.