Professor Marion Turner

Professor Marion Turner
College Lecturer in English



Professor Marion Turner is Fellow in English at Jesus College, and she also Tutors in the same subject at Oriel.

She read English at Oxford and then spent a year abroad before reading for an MA in Medieval Studies at York. She returned to Oxford to study for a doctorate, focusing on Chaucer, which she gained in 2002.

Professor Turner was a Fellow by Examination (Prize Fellow) at Magdalen College, Oxford, and also taught at King's College London before returning to Oxford in 2007 to take up a Tutorial Fellowship at Jesus. Professor Turner has held research fellowships from both the Leverhulme Trust and the Wellcome Trust.

For the academic year 2015-2016, she was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to work on a biography of Geoffrey Chaucer for Princeton University Press.

Research interests

Professor Turner's research interests lie in late medieval secular literature and history, especially Chaucer, the Gawain-poet, and political texts. Her first book -Chaucerian Conflict - came out with Oxford University Press in 2007 and she recently edited A Handbook of Middle English Studies for Wiley-Blackwell, as part of their Critical Theory Handbook series.

Professor Turner has published many articles on late medieval literature and history. She is also interested in literature and medicine, and in the relationship between space and textual production. She has contributed to and edited a special issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (JMEMS) on the topic, ‘Medical Discourse in Premodern Europe’.

Her current major project is a substantial biography of Chaucer for Princeton University Press. She is also Book Review editor for the major journal Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies.

Selected publications


A Handbook of Middle English Studies (Wiley- Blackwell, 2013) [as editor]

Chaucerian Conflict: Languages of Antagonism in Late Fourteenth-Century London(OUP, 2007)

Special Issue

Medical Discourse in Premodern Europe (as editor), JMEMS 46:1 (forthcoming, 2016)

Journal Articles

‘Illness Narratives in the Later Middle Ages: Arderne, Chaucer, and Hoccleve,’ JMEMS 46:1 (forthcoming 2016)

‘Thomas Usk and John Arderne’, Chaucer Review 47 (2012)

‘Usk and the Goldsmiths’, New Medieval Literatures 9 (2008): 139-77

‘Troilus and Criseyde and the Treasonous Aldermen of 1382: Tales of the City in Late Fourteenth Century London’, Studies in the Age of Chaucer 25 (2003): 225-57

‘“Certaynly his noble sayenges can I not amende”: Thomas Usk and Troilus and Criseyde’, Chaucer Review 37:1 (2002): 26-39

Articles in Edited Books

‘The Senses,’ in A New Companion to Chaucer, ed Peter Brown (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2016)

‘The English Context,’ in Chaucer in Context ed. Ian Johnson (Cambridge, CUP, forthcoming 2014)

‘Writing Revolution,’ in The Blackwell Companion to British Literature, vol 1. 700-1450, ed. Robert DeMaria, Jr., Heesok Chang, and Samantha Zacher (Blackwell, forthcoming 2014)

‘Imagining Polities: Social Possibilities and Conflict,’ in Middle English Literature: Criticism and Debate, ed. D. Vance Smith and Holly Crocker (Routledge, forthcoming 2013)

‘Conflict,’ in Twenty-first Century Approaches to Literature: Middle English, ed. Paul Strohm (OUP, 2007), pp. 258-73

‘Greater London’ in Chaucer and the City, ed. Ardis Butterfield (Boydell and Brewer, 2006), pp. 25-40

‘Politics and London Life,’ in A Concise Companion to Chaucer, ed. Corinne Saunders (Blackwell, 2005), pp. 13-33

‘The Carnivalesque’ in Chaucer: An Oxford Guide, ed. Steve Ellis (OUP, 2004), pp. 384-99