Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman

This pioneering study of Simone de Beauvoir was first published in 1993. The 2nd edition, with a long new introductory chapter, was published in 2008, to mark the centenary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir. A paperback edition is now available.







Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy

Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism received the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for the best book in Comparative Literature in 2007. Read A. S. Byatt’s review in The Guardian.







Sex, Gender and the Body: The Student Edition of “What Is a Woman”?

Published in 2005, this book contains  the two lead essays of What Is a Woman? And Other Essays (1999). In this book, Toril Moi draws on ordinary language philosophy to show that Simone de Beauvoir’s feminism suggests solutions to problems in contemporary feminist theory. The first essay, “What Is a Woman? Sex, Gender and the Body” analyses contemporary feminist theories based on the sex/gender distinction. The second essay, “‘I Am a Woman’: The Personal and the Philosophical” investigates the place of the personal in theoretical writing.