I love writing about medieval women--and many other topics.
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 Morrison is Professor of English at Texas State University. She grew up in New Jersey by the Great Swamp, a National Wildlife Refuge 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 at homefrontgirldiary.com, grendelsmotherthenovel.com, and amedievalwomanscompanion.com.
Susan's BA is from Swarthmore College and her A.M./Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. She has studied in Germany and taught in the former East Germany. Susan’s publications have appeared in such journals as The Yearbook of Langland Studies
, Medievalia et Humanistica
, Medieval Feminist Forum
, The Chaucer Review
, Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
, The New York Times
, Women In German Yearbook
, Journal of Popular Culture
, Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik
, as well as numerous book chapters. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter and son.
I have traversed the 137 mile long Pilgrim’s Way between Winchester and Canterbury, England; taught English in Japan for a year; and lived and taught in East Germany during the 1980’s, gaining her own secret police file. I will be writing more about those adventures one day, I hope!