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Dr Victoria Turner, Lecturer

Dr Victoria TurnerContact details
Phone: 01334 463654
Office: Buchanan 406B

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday 3-4, Wednesday 10-11

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.

PhD Supervision

Sarah Gregory, Hailey Ogle