The Einar Hansen Lecture 2019: Toril Moi

  • Monday, October 7, 2019
  • 17:00  18:30
  • LUX auditorium (LUX:C116)3 HelgonavägenLund, Skåne län, 223 62Sweden (map)
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Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen – Lund and Einar Hansens Allhemsstiftelse proudly presents

The Einar Hansen Lecture 2019:

Knausgård: In Search of a New Form

by Toril Moi

(James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, Professor of English, Philosophy, and Theatre Studies)

On Monday the 7th of October 2019

17:00 in the LUX auditorium (LUX:C116)

at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University

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Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen – Lund (CSS) and Einar Hansens Allhemsstiftelse is proud to present the distinguished literary scholar Toril Moi as the the Einar Hansen Speaker of 2019.

In this lecture Toril Moi will argue that Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle represents something new in literary history. She reads My Struggle as a writer’s search for a new form, an attempt to find an answer to the question: What comes after postmodernism? She shows that Knausgaard’s concept of form is utterly at odds with the traditional concept of form developed by literary critics in the wake of modernism. That concept was formalist: it made us believe that form can be discussed without reference to meaning, effects, content, feelings, experiences and so on. Through an attentive reading of My Struggle, Toril Moi raises the question of wether it is possible to develop a non-formalist notion of literary form.

Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and Professor of Philosophy, English, and Theater Studies at Duke University. She has published a number of books and many essays on literary theory, feminist theory, Simone de Beauvoir, Henrik Ibsen, and ordinary language philosophy in the tradition of Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell. Important works include Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985), What Is a Woman? and Other Essays (1999) and Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy (2006).

Her latest book is Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell (Chicago, 2017). In Swedish her essay Språk och uppmärksamhet (translated by Alva Dahl) was published by Faethon in 2017.

More information about her life and work can be found on her website:

The event will be free and open to everyone. Information about the specific topic of the lecture will published soon.

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