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Toril Moi
Toril Moi
(born 28 November 1953 in Norway) is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies and Professor of English, Philosophy and Theatre Studies at Duke University. Moi is also the Director of the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke. She attended University of Bergen. Previously she held positions as a lecturer in French at the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
and as Director of the Center for Feminist Research at the University of Bergen, Norway. She lived in Oxford, United Kingdom from 1979 to 1989. Currently she lives in North Carolina. She works on feminist theory and women's writing; on the intersections of literature, philosophy and aesthetics; on "finding ways of reading literature with philosophy and philosophy with literature without reducing the one to the other." In 2002 she was awarded an honorary degree, doctor philos. honoris causa, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.[1] In 1998 she won Duke's University Teacher of the Year Award and in 2008 she won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Graduate Students. She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[2]


1 On feminist theories 2 Publications 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links

On feminist theories[edit] Moi made her name with Sexual/Textual Politics of 1986, a survey of second-wave feminism in which she tellingly contrasted the more empirical Anglo-American school of writings, such as gynocriticism, with the more theoretical French proponents of Ecriture feminine. While widely perceived at the time as an attack on the Anglo-American approach, Moi would later highlight her respect for their more politicized stance, as opposed to the idealism of the post-structuralists.[3] The book would also explore the concept of androgyny, and its links with the anti-essentialism of the French school.[4] It was followed by further explorations of contemporary French feminists such as Julia Kristeva, before Moi turned to her ground-breaking nineties study of Simone de Beauvoir.[5] A decade later, however, with her focus of attention shifting more to ordinary language philosophy from existentialism,[6] Moi would regretfully conclude that the initial excitement around women's literature had unfortunately been dissipated in a theoretical fog of issues around gender, performativity and the post-structuralist subject.[7] Publications[edit]

Moi, Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell (2017) ___, Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985; 2nd edition 2002) ___, Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman (1994) ___, What Is a Woman? And Other Essays (1999) ___, Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen
and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy ( Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
2006). [A Norwegian translation was published by Pax Forlag (Oslo) in May 2006) Moi ed., The Kristeva
Reader (1986) ___ ed., French Feminist Thought (1987)

See also[edit]

Nancy Bauer (philosopher) Judith Butler Alice Crary Peggy Kamuf Gayatri Spivak


^ "Honorary doctors at NTNU". Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  ^ "Gruppe 4: Litteraturvitenskap" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  ^ The Conversant ^ J. Childers ed., The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (1996) p. 11-2 ^ E. Fallaize ed., Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir
(1998) p. 72 ^ M. Payne, Life.After.Theory (2004) p. 139 ^ @I am not a woman writer'


Professor Moi's Official Home Page Professor Moi is Director of Duke's Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature (PAL)

External links[edit]

Official website

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Fellows of the British Academy elected in 2016


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Pauline Allen Susan Athey Peter Bellwood Gráinne De Búrca Esther Duflo Kathleen Eisenhardt Laura Engelstein Denis Feeney Jane M. Jacobs George Lewis Toril Moi Joel Mokyr Elizabeth J. Perry Derek R. Peterson Robert J. Sampson Núria Sebastián Gallés Wolfgang Streeck Sanjay Subrahmanyam Judith Thomson Michael Walzer


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