John Turner

Professor of Romance Languages Emeritus

John Turner has taught at Bowdoin since 1971. He received his undergraduate degree at St. Andrews University in Scotland, his M.A. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from Harvard. His major field of research was Golden Age Spanish poetry and his thesis dealt with the figure of Icarus as an emblem of the courtly lover in Golden Age poetry. During his early years at Bowdoin, he taught and published primarily in the area of modern Latin American literature, prose and poetry, with a particular interest in Julio Cortázar. His recent interest is in the relationship between the early literature of the Spanish New World and the literature of Spain.

Professor Turner retired from teaching in 2011.


  • A.M., (St. Andrews; Scotland
  • A.M, Indiana
  • Ph.D., Harvard