Toril Moi

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Toril Moi
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Toril Moi in 2006.
Born 28 November 1953
Occupation literary critic, theorist
Subject Feminist literary criticism, culture, theater

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. Previously she held positions as a lecturer in French at the University of Oxford and as Director of the Center for Feminist Research at the University of Bergen, Norway. 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."

Moi is the author of Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985; 2nd edition 2002), Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman (1994); and What Is a Woman? And Other Essays (1999). She is the editor of The Kristeva Reader (1986), and of French Feminist Thought (1987). Her new book, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy, was published by Oxford University Press in August 2006. A Norwegian translation was published by Pax Forlag (Oslo) in May 2006.

In 2002 she was awarded an honorary degree, doctor philos. honoris causa, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.[1]

She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[2]


  1. ^ "Honorary doctors at NTNU". Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 
  2. ^ "Gruppe 4: Litteraturvitenskap" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 25 November 2009.