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Toril Moi was educated at the University of Bergen in Norway and has taught at Duke University for many years. She has also taught at the University of Bergen as well as Oxford University. She is now the James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and also has appointments in English, Philosophy, and Theater Studies. She also directs Duke's Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature.
She is the author of Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory, Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman, What is a Woman? And Other Essays, and editor of The Kristeva Reader and of French Feminist Thought. Her most recent book, entitled Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy, won the MLA's award for best book in comparative literary studies in 2007. She has also recently published a "student edition" of her What is a Woman?, entitled Sex, Gender, and the Body. She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.