Master-Mind Lecture, delivered by Professor Toril Moi, on 20 March 2014 (venue: The British Academy).
Professor Moi discusses Simone de Beauvoir, a 'Master-Mind' in feminist theory. Author of The Second Sex - one of the greatest works of feminist theory ever written - Simone de Beavoir's writing and work demonstrate that literature and philosophy provide indispensable understanding of human existance and the role of woman in society. Beauvoir's vindication of the knowledge produced by the arts and the humanities is more significant than ever before.
About the speaker:
Professor Toril Moi is James B Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, Professor of English and Theatre Studies, and Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Arts and Literature at Duke University. She is the author of Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism, and of several books on feminist theory, including Sexual/Textual Politics and What Is a Woman?