James B. Duke Prof. of Literature and Romance Studies Toril Moi (Duke University) gives a lecture and a seminar - 6-7 June 2017


June 6, 1.30 - 3.00 pm:
Lecture by Professor Toril Moi: "Must novels be fiction? Language and reality in Knausgård's My Struggle (Min kamp)":
When the first volume of My Struggle was published in Norway, Karl Ove Knausgård insisted that everything in the book was true. But he also insisted that his book was a novel. What is a novel? What is My Struggle if it is not a novel? Do recent debates about the relationship between fiction and nonfiction (memoir, history, personal essay, lyrical essay) illuminate My Struggle? Does My Struggle illuminate those debates? Toril Moi will show that My Struggle challenges long-standing ideas concerning the relationship between language and reality.
The lecture will be in English.

June 7, 11 am - 1 pm:
Seminar with Professor Toril Moi. The seminar will be about Toril Moi’s new book Revolution of the Ordinary. Literary Studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell (The University of Chicago Press, 2017). This radically original book argues for the power of ordinary language philosophy—a tradition inaugurated by Ludwig Wittgenstein and J. L. Austin, and extended by Stanley Cavell—to transform literary studies. In engaging and lucid prose, Toril Moi demonstrates this philosophy’s unique ability to lay bare the connections between words and the world, dispel the notion of literature as a monolithic concept, and teach readers how to learn from a literary text.
The seminar will be in English.

The lecture and the seminar will be open events and participation free of charge -  but please register!
Registration no later than 16 May, 2017 via: http://webpay.sdu.dk/system/torilmoi

The lecture and the seminar will both be held in the meeting room Comenius, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M.

For enquiries, please contact Project Coordinator Pernille Hasselsteen: perha@sdu.dk