Toril Moi, James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance StudiesProfessor of English, Philosophy, and Theater Studies edit
Office Location: 208 Franklin Center
Office Phone: (919) 684-4127, (919) 668-6407
Web Page: http://www.torilmoi.com
Dr.art. in Comparative Literature, University of Bergen, 1985
Mag.art. in Comparative Literature, University of Bergen, 1980
Cand.mag. in French, Spanish and Comparative Literature, University of Bergen, 1976
Gender Studies, Feminism, Women Studies, Queer Studies
Modernity and Modernism
Modern and Contemporary
Critical Theory, Philosophy
Comparative Studies: Translation, Travel Narratives, Trans-Culturality
- Research Interests: Feminism, Modernism, Philosophy & Literature, and 19th & 20th Century European Literature
- Current projects:
The Emergence of European Modernism 1870-1914, Feminist Theory and Women Writers
- Toril Moi has three broad areas of interest: feminist theory and women's writing; the intersection of literature, philosophy and aesthetics; and ordinary language philosophy in the tradition of Wittgenstein, Cavell and Austin.
Toril Moi also works on theather. In her work on literature and theater she is particularly interested in the emergence of modernism in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Her books include Sesual/Testual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985; 2nd edition 2002), Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman (1994; second edition with a major new introduction 2008); and What Is a Woman? And Other Essays (1999), republished in a shorter version as Sex, Gender and the Body (2005). She is the editor of The Kristeva Reader (1986), and of French Feminst Thought (1987).
In 2006, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosphy, was published in English by Oxford University Press and in Norwegian by Pax Forlag (Oslo). The book won the MLA's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for the best book in Comparative Literary Studies in 2007. It is now available in paperback.
Toril Moi now works on three projects: (1) The Emergence of European Modernism 1870-1914; (2) Femisist Theory and Women Writers; and (3) "Pictures of Language": on the vision of language in ordinary language philosophy. She also continues to work on Henrik Ibsen's plays.
Toril Moi enjoys working with students at all levels. She won Duke's Univeristy Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 1998, and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Graduate Students in 2008.
In her native Norway, Toril Moi writes a regular column for the financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.
Teaching (Fall 2015):
- Areas of Interest:
Simone de Beauvoir
Ordinary Language Philosophy
- ENGLISH 822S.01, Writing is thinking
- Crowell 107, Tu 10:20 AM-12:50 PM
- Representative Publications
- Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy. Oxford University Press, 2006. xvi + 396 pp. Norwegian translation: Ibsens
translated by Agnete Øye (Oslo: Pax, 2006;
English language paperback published 2008.
- Sex, Gender and the Body: The Student Edition of What Is a Woman?. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. (Contains the first two essays in What Is a
Woman? and a new preface.)
- Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman. 2nd edition, with a major new introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. The new edition was published in Norwegian
2008) as Simone de Beauvoir: en
intellektuell kvinne blir
It will be published in French by
- T. Moi. "'I am not a woman writer': About Women, Literature and Feminist Theory Today." Feminist Theory (UK) 9.3 (December, 2008): 259-71. Norwegian version: 'Jeg er ikke en kvinnelig forfatter',
Samtiden (Oslo), no. 3, 2008, pp. 6-21.
An excerpt printed in Morgenbladet (Oslo), 12
September 2008, pp. 22-24.
- What Is a Woman? and Other Essays. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, January, 1999. The two first chapters appeared as two separate books in
Norwegian, translated by Rakel Christina Granaas: Hva er
(Pax, 1998) and Jeg er en kvinne (Pax, 2001).
- T. Moi. "Ibsen in Exile: Peer Gynt, or the Difficulty of Becoming a Poet in Norway." Field Day Review (Dublin) 4 (September, 2008): 24-39.
- "A Woman's Desire to be Known: Silence and Expressivity in Corinne." Untrodden Regions of the Mind: Romanticism and Psychoanalysis.
Ed. Ghislaine McDayter. (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press), 2002. 143-75.
- Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. London and New York: Methuen, 1985. Translated into eleven languages: Spanish,
German, Finnish, Korean, Chinese (twice),
Slovenian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Greek,
Russian. A 2nd
edition with a new afterword appeared in
- T. Moi. "‘I Am Not a Feminist, But…’ How Feminism Became the F-word." PMLA 121.5 (October, 2006): 1735-41. Reprinted in Cooling Out - On the Paradox of
Feminism, edited by Sabine Schaschl, Bettina
Steinbrügge and René Zechlin (Basel; Lüneburg; Cork:
JRP/Ringier; Kunsthaus Baselland; Halle für Kunst; Lewis
Glucksman Gallery 2008), 48-56.]
[Translated into German in the same volume as “‘Ich bin
zwar keine Feministin, aber...’ Wie aus dem Feminismus
ein F-Wort wurde,” Cooling Out, 218-28.]
Translated into Norwegian as: "Jeg er ikke feminist, men..."
Hvordan feminisme ble til F-ordet." Trans. Sigrid Elise
Strømmen. Riss no. 2, 2013, pp. 42-52
- The Kristeva Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, and New York: Columbia, 1986.
- "From Femininity to Finitude: Freud, Lacan and Feminism, Again." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 29.3 (Spring, 2004): 841-78. [Reprinted in Iréne Matthis, ed.,
Sexuality, Gender, and Psychoanalysis
Karnac Books, 2004, pp. 93-135]. Translated as “Fra
kvinnelighet til begrensethet: Freud, Lacan og feminisme,
nok en gang.” Translated by Agnete Øye. Tidsskrift for
kjønnsforskning (Norway), no. 4, 2007, pp. 6-35.
- French Feminist Thought. Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 1987
- "While We Wait: The English Translation of The Second Sex." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 27.4 (Summer, 2002): 1005-36. [Reprinted in Emily R. Grosholz, ed. The
Philosophical Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir,
Oxford: Clarendon Press (Oxford University
Press), 2004, 37-68.]
- "Meaning What We Say: The 'Politics of Theory' and the Responsibility of Intellectuals." The Philosophical Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir.
Ed. Emily Grosholz. (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2004. 139-60. Trans. by the author as: "Å mene det vi sier:
intellektuelles ansvar", Samtiden, no.
1 (2003), 60-67
Picture credit: Oscar Einzig Photography.