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. To learn more about her academic work, click here.

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Roskilde, Denmark, November 2014. (Photography Ida Irene Bergstrøm)

In spring 2009, she was a Fellow at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

Cassis, France (2009)

Cassis, France (2009)

Toril Moi grew up in the countryside in the south-west of Norway, and was educated at the University of Bergen. From 1979 to 1989 she lived mostly in Oxford, UK, and since 1989 she has been a resident of North Carolina.

Toril Moi (2006)

North Carolina (2006). Photography: S. B. F. Paletz

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).

Chicago (2007)

Chicago (2007). Photography: Oscar Einzig

For more information about Toril Moi’s books, click here. For downloads of her writing in English, click here. For links to interviews and reviews, and other materials, click here.

In Norway, Toril Moi also writes widely for newspapers and magazines. For links to and downloads of her writing in Norwegian, click here.

To find out where Toril Moi will be speaking, click here.