The Woodstock Society March Lecture.
Date 15th March 2021
Meeting arranged via Zoom.
The Society is delighted to welcome Professor Marion Turner ,Professor of English Literature,
Tutorial Fellow, Jesus College , Oxford University who will speak on the subject: ‘CHAUCER ..A European Life’
Marion Turner is Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of Jesus College. Chaucer: A European Life was published by Princeton UP in 2019 to great critical acclaim, and came out in paperback in 2020. It is also available as an audiobook. The first full biography of Chaucer for a generation, Chaucer: a European Life was selected as a Book of the Year by The Times, The Sunday Times, the New Statesman, and the TLS – where A.N. Wilson termed it ‘an absolute triumph.’ It won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize and was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize.
Marion is the author of numerous articles and books about Chaucer. She has regularly been interviewed on radio and TV, on programmes including Start the Week, and Britain’s Most Historic Towns. She also often speaks at literary festivals such as Hay-on-Wye and Cheltenham, as well as to schools and colleges.
She is currently writing a biography of the Wife of Bath, also for Princeton UP, exploring the first ‘ordinary woman’ character in English literature. In Alison’s Tale, Marion looks at how Chaucer developed this character from a combination of literary sources and the historical reality of the post-plague context, where women found new opportunities. The second half of the book traces what happened to the Wife of Bath across time, from Voltaire to ballad-writers, Shakespeare to Zadie Smith.
Professor Turner’s book are all currently available and members may order signed copies .
Marion lives in Oxford with her husband and two children, and is looking forward to the schools’ re-opening…
Visitors Welcome Fee £7.00
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