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Dr Victoria Turner, Lecturer

Dr Victoria TurnerContact details

vct2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 463654
Office: Buchanan 406B

Module surgery hours:
Monday 2-3, Wednesday 11-12

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research interests span medieval French and Occitan literature from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in the representation of intercultural contact in medieval France, especially in concepts of race, otherness and identity and how these might intersect with questions of gender, religion and nation. Part of my research has thus also involved the use of theoretical approaches to literature. My work on difference has led me to explore notions of the marvel and the marvellous and I am currently creating an Honours module on the exotic and fantasies of difference entitled: 'Medieval Marvels: The Exotic, the East and the Other in Medieval French Literature' (to run 2015-16).

Reflecting these interests, my doctoral thesis (completed in 2013) focused on the figure of the Saracen in Old French and Occitan literature and discussed concepts of race and identity in a range of literary genres, from chansons de geste to romance and miracle tales. I am currently editing this project for publication as a monograph. I am also particularly interested in geography, travel and the representation of space in the Middle Ages and am preparing a new research project on travel trajectories in thirteenth- to fifteenth-century French texts. 

In addition to lectures and seminars on language, literature and history for core First and Second Year Modules, I teach medieval French materials for the Comparative Literature modules on Good and Evil (CO2001) and Journeys (CO2002). As a member of the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS) I also provide Old French tuition for the MLitt in Mediaeval Studies along with more specialist supervision.

Publications

‘Medieval Expiration Dating? Queer Time and Spatial Dislocation in Aucassin et Nicolette’
Turner, V. 2015 Reconsidering Gender, Time and Memory in Medieval Culture. D S Brewer, p. 29-45 (Gender in the Middle Ages; vol. 10)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

‘Performing the Self, Performing the Other: gender and racial identity construction in the Nanteuil Cycle’
Turner, V. 2013 In : Women's History Review. 22, 2, p. 182-196
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘The Anti-Christ(ian)?: Comparing Christian and Saracen Disguise in Old French Chansons de Geste’
Turner, V. 2010 In : French Studies Bulletin. 117, p. 84-88
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Book review of R. Devereaux’s Constantinople and the West in Medieval French Literature: Renewal and Utopia
Turner, V. 2013 In : French Studies. 67, p. 397-8
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review