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Marion Turner

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Academic Position:
Associate Professor at Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow
Jesus College
Research Interests:
Late medieval literature

Marion Turner works on late medieval literature and culture, focusing especially on Geoffrey Chaucer. Her most recent book, Chaucer: A European Life (Princeton, 2019) argues for the importance of placing Chaucer in multilingual and international contexts, tracing his journeys across Europe and his immersion in global trade routes and exchanges. It was named as a book of the year 2019 by the Times, the Sunday Times, and the TLS, and was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2020. Her next book, also to be published by Princeton, is a biography of the Wife of Bath, from antiquity to the present day. Marion has been interviewed on many radio shows, including Radio 4’s Start the Week and Woman’s Hour, and American National Public Radio’s On Point, and has appeared on TV shows such as Britain’s Most Historic Towns. Her other books include Chaucerian Conflict (OUP, 2007) and, as editor, A Handbook of Middle English Studies (Wiley Blackwell, 2013). Marion is also an elected trustee of the New Chaucer Society. She is committed to outreach, and speaks every year at Chaucer days for sixth formers, held at the Weston library and Ashmolean Museum, as well as contributing to summer schools such as the Seren Summer School at Jesus College.

Recent Publications

  • Chaucer: A European Life (Princeton, 2019)
  • Chaucerian Conflict (OUP, 2007)
  • A Handbook of Middle English Studies (Wiley Blackwell, 2013)
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1 Patience Agbabi reading and conversation

In this podcast the dynamic poet Patience Agbabi is in conversation about her Ted Hughes short-...

Patience Agbabi, Elleke Boehmer, Marion Turner