Toril Moi

Director, Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature

Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and Professor of English, and Theater Studies at Duke University. She is Director of the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke. Starting in January 2017, she will also be an adjunct Research Professor (“Forsker II”) at Norway’s National Library, for a period of five years.

As an academic, she writes on feminism, literary theory, ordinary language philosophy and literature. Her first book, Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985) has been translated into fifteen languages. Her 1994 book Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman has been translated into five languages, and a new 2nd edition was published in 2008. Her book Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism won the MLA’s award for best book in comparative literary studies for 2007. Her most recent book on feminist theory is Sex, Gender and the Body: The Student Edition of What Is a Woman (2005). In May 2017, Chicago University Press will publish her ambitious new book on literary theory: Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell.

Toril Moi