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J.R.R Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language, University of Oxford

Marion Turner is the author of The Wife of Bath: A Biography (Princeton, 2023), and Chaucer: A European Life (Princeton, 2019)

I work mainly on Chaucer and other secular late-medieval literature, and have interests in biography, in critical theory, in literature and medicine, in gender, and in the place of the medieval in modern imaginations. My major biography of Chaucer - Chaucer: A European Life (Princeton University Press) - came out in April 2019. It won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, the Medieval Institute's Otto Grundler Prize, and the English Association's Beatrice White Prize; it was also shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize. Chaucer: A European Life was a Book of the Year in The Times, The Sunday Times, The New Statesman, and The Times Literary Supplement, as well as being named a Best Summer Read by the Evening Standard and the Times Literary Supplement.


  • 2007–present
    Professor, Oxford