Professor of Philosophy
Contact Information1316 Campus Drive, 108 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708-0403
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 theater. 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 Sexual/Textual 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 cultural newspaper Morgenbladet.
Anderson, Amanda, Rita Felski, and Toril Moi. Character Three Inquiries in Literary Studies. Trios, 2019.
Moi, Toril. Revolution of the Ordinary Literary Studies After Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell. University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Moi, Toril. Toril Moi leser A.O. Vinje [Toril Moi reads A. O. Vinje]. Oslo: Nasjonalbiblioteket, 2016.
Moi, T. Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy. Oxford University Press, 2006.
Moi, T. Sex, Gender and the Body: The Student Edition of What Is a Woman? Oxford and New York: Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Moi, T. What Is a Woman? and Other Essays. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Moi, T. Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman. Oxford & Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1994.
Various, J. French Feminist Thought. Edited by T. Moi. Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 1987.
Kristeva, Julia. The Kristeva Reader. Edited by Toril Moi. Oxford: Blackwell, and New York: Columbia, 1986.
Moi, T. Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. London and New York: Methuen, 1985.
Anderson, Amanda, Toril Moi, and Rita Felski. “Introduction & Rethinking Character.” In Character Three Inquiries in Literary Studies, 1–76. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Moi, Toril. “Lidenskapens grammatikk: Om Vigdis Hjorth og Annie Ernaux (The Grammar of Passion: About Vigdis Hjorth and Annie Ernaux).” In Fem Kvinner, Tre Menn Og En Datter Skriver Om Vigdis Hjorth, edited by Eva Grøner, 77–88. Oslo: Cappelen Damm, 2019.
Moi, T. “Hedda’s words: The work of language in Hedda Gabler.” In Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives, 152–73, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190467876.003.0008. Full Text
Moi, T. “The adulteress wife.” In On Ne Nait Pas Femme: On Le Devient the Life of a Sentence, 103–13, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190608811.003.0006. Full Text
Moi, T. “'Nothing Is Hidden’: From Confusion to Clarity, Or Wittgenstein on Critique.” In Rethinking Critique, edited by E. Anker and R. Felski. Duke University Press, 2016.
Moi, Toril. “Foreword.” In The Utopian, by Michael Westlake, VII–XIV. Verbivoracious Press, 2016.
Moi, T. “‘Øyeblikkets bedrageriske fylde’: Handling, språk og eksistens i Liv Køltzows forfatterskap.” In Å Forsvinne i Teksten, edited by L. Køltzow and H. P. Blad. Oslo: Flamme Forlag, 2015.
Moi, T. “Stumhet og kjærlighet: En lesning av Amtmandens Døttre [Muteness and Love: A Reading of The District Governor’s Daughters].” In Å Bli En Stemme: Nye Studier i Camilla Colletts Forfatterskap, edited by Trond Haugen, 33–54. Oslo: Novus Forlag, 2014.
Moi, T. “Ibsen’s Late Style.” In Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder and Other Plays. Penguin Books, 2014.
Moi, T. “Acknowledging the other: Reading, writing, and living in the mandarins.” Yale French Studies 2019-January, no. 135–136 (January 1, 2019): 100–115.
Moi, T. “Thinking through Examples: What Ordinary Language Philosophy Can Do for Feminist Theory.” New Literary History 46, no. 3 (June 1, 2015).
Moi, T. “Thinking through examples: What ordinary language philosophy can do for feminist theory.” New Literary History 46, no. 2 (March 1, 2015): 191–216. https://doi.org/10.1353/nlh.2015.0014. Full Text
Bauer, Nancy, Sarah Beckwith, Alice Crary, Sandra Laugier, Toril Moi, and Linda Zerilli. “Introduction.” New Literary History 46, no. 2 (2015): v–xiii. https://doi.org/10.1353/nlh.2015.0012. Full Text
Moi, Toril. “Fem røde epler: Fra navn til bruk. En kommentar til §1 i Wittgensteins Filosofiske undersøkelser” [Five red apples: from names to use, A commentary on §1 in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations].” Edda 114, no. 4 (2014): 348–53.
Moi, Toril. “Hedda's Silences: Beauty and Despair in Hedda Gabler.” Modern Drama 56, no. 4 (2013): 434–56. https://doi.org/10.3138/md.S89. Full Text
Moi, T. “Afterword: How the French Read.” New Literary History 44 (2013): 299–314.
Moi, T. “Shame and Openness: On Karl Ove Knausgård.” Translated by T. Moi and A. F. Lunde. Salmagundi Magazine 107, no. Winter (2013): 205–10.
Toril, M. “Henrik Ibsen and idealism: Rethinking literary history of the XIX century.” Etudes Germaniques 62, no. 4 (December 1, 2007): 915–32.
Dupont, N., and T. Moi. “The poetic piping of Christian Prigent: Ventiloquits framework and glottic phrase.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 10, no. 2 (December 1, 2006): 127–40. https://doi.org/10.1080/17409290600560229. Full Text
Moi, Toril. “Response to eight respondents to my book Revolution of the Ordinary.” Nonsite.Org. Emory University, May 9, 2019.
Moi, Toril. “Describing My Struggle.” The Point, December 27, 2017.
Moi, Toril. “Naised: sugu, soolisus ja vabadus [Translation of “Women: Sex, Gender, and Freedom: Thoughts about Equality and Difference” Manuscript written for the Ministry for Equality’s Feminist Research Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, on June 1, 2015].” Translated by Lea Larin and Roosi Talvik. Sirp: Eesti Kultuurileht, July 3, 2015.