Pasquale Toscano


Hi, there! I’m a third-year PhD student in the English department here at Princeton, but I grew up in the Midwest (Ohio), went to college in Virginia, and then spent two years in Oxford as part of the Rhodes Scholarship program. My research focuses on early modern English literature (especially Milton); Black classicism and the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in the Renaissance and beyond; the epic tradition; and disability studies. I also try to write about representations of nonnormative embodiment in popular culture, disability-related political issues, and my own experiences of living with a spinal-cord injury in public-facing venues as often as possible. In my free time, I enjoy catching up on TV from the past week, watching movies, learning something new at a museum, eating too much at a fun restaurant (or cooking one of my Italian family's recipes at home), and most of all, going to the theater (can’t wait to get back into one!). I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Whitman community, to get to know you, and to discuss anything that might be on your mind, from favorite book(s) to junior papers to applying for postgraduate fellowships. (I’m more than happy to help out with applications or personal statements!)