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Marion Turner is associate professor of English at Jesus College, University of Oxford.
More than any other canonical English writer, Geoffrey Chaucer lived and worked at the centre of political life—yet his poems are anything but conventional. Edgy, complicated, and often dark, they reflect a conflicted world, and their astonishing diversity and innovative language earned Chaucer renown as the father of English literature. Marion Turner, however, reveals him as a great European writer and thinker. To understand his accomplishment, she reconstructs in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer’s adventurous life, focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination.
A Handbook to Middle English Studies presents a series of original essays from leading literary scholars that explore the relationship between critical theory and late medieval literature. * Includes 26 new essays by leading scholars of late medieval literature * Sets the new standard for an introduction to the study of late medieval literature * Showcases the most current cutting-edge theoretical research * Demonstrates a range of approaches to late medieval literature * Brings together critical theory and medieval literature