Susan Signe Morrison writes on topics lurking in the margins of history, ranging from recently uncovered diaries of a teenaged girl in World War II to medieval women pilgrims, excrement in the Middle Ages, and waste. Susan is Professor of English at Texas State University.
Her first novel, Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife, a feminist reinterpretation of the Old English classic poem, Beowulf, is the the Winner of the Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award 2016. It was also a Finalist for both the 2014-15 Sarton Literary Award for Historical Fiction and Foreward Reviews‘ 2015 Indiefab Book of the Year Award: Historical (Adult Fiction). It has also been awarded the Seal of Approval from Literary Classics. Telling the story from the point of view of the women, Susan grew up in New Jersey by the Great Swamp, a National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey with terrain not unlike that of Grendel’s Mother’s mere in Beowulf.
Committed to bringing the lives of medieval women to a wider audience and making the ethics of waste fundamental to our study of literature, Susan can be found blogging at homefrontgirldiary.com, grendelsmotherthenovel.com, and amedievalwomanscompanion.com. Susan tweets @medievalwomen.
Susan’s Other Books
A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives in the European Middle Ages. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2016. Read more about it here. Susan’s book on medieval women has been listed as a Finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in 3 categories: Adult Nonfiction; Women’s Studies; and Young Adult Nonfiction. “A Medieval Woman’s Companion is—I’m not exaggerating here—the best introduction I know of to the widely-varied lives of medieval women.”
The Literature of Waste: Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 1137398914
Joan Wehlen Morrison. Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America. Ed. Susan Signe Morrison. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2013. 978-1613744574. Named by the Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education to the Best Children’s Book of the Year 2013 list (Memoir: Ages 14 & up). Read more about Home Front Girl at my website and blog here.
Excrement in the Late Middle Ages: Sacred Filth and Chaucer’s Fecopoetics. The New Middle Ages Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 978-1403984883
Women Pilgrims in Late Medieval England: Private Piety as Public Performance. London: Routledge, 2000. 978-0415221801