Dr Marion Turner

Marion Turner is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. She specializes in medieval literature and culture, with a particular focus on Chaucer. Her latest book – CHAUCER: a European Life – is a major biography of the great medieval poet, published by Princeton University Press in 2019. In it, she argues that Chaucer’s life and work were profoundly international, presenting him as an extraordinary European poet, whose experiences were embedded in multicultural and global contexts.

Her other books include CHAUCERIAN CONFLICT (Oxford University Press, 2007) and A HANDBOOK OF MIDDLE ENGLISH STUDIES (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). She publishes widely in books and journals and is interested in life-writing, the medical humanities, and the history of gender as well as medieval literature and history more generally.

Marion has appeared on Radio 4’s Front Row, and on a number of TV shows for the BBC, Channel 4, and the Discovery Channel. She also frequently gives public lectures and talks at schools, libraries, museums, and literary societies. Marion is passionate about opening up access to medieval literature and breaking down perceived barriers to reading and engaging with these wonderful texts.