Susan Signe Morrison

FICTION AND HISTORICAL BOOKS

HISTORY FOR HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND GENERAL AUDIENCES
Gold Medal Winner in College Nonfiction by Literary Classics; Bronze Medal Winner for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in Women's Studies; Honorable Mention in Adult Nonfiction and Young Adult Nonfiction. This book, filled with images, tells the stories of the virtuous virgins, marvelous maidens, and fierce feminists of the Middle Ages who trail-blazed paths for women today. Ideal for high school and college classroom use in courses ranging from history and literature to women's and gender studies.
FICTION
Winner: Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award 2016. The story of Beowulf from the point of view of the women. The story of Beowulf from the point of view of the women. Finalist for the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Award in the category of Adult Fiction; Finalist for the 2014-2015 Sarton Literary Award for Historical Fiction; and Finalist for Foreward Reviews' 2015 Indiefab Book of the Year Award: Historical (Adult Fiction). Recipient of Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
FOR SCHOLARS OF LITERATURE AND THEORY
New Materialist approach to comparative literature focusing on waste--garbage, trash, and detritus--and its metaphorical and ethical impact.
Why does excrement appear so frequently in medieval literature, especially the works by Geoffrey Chaucer? Do you dare to find out?
YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION
The actual diaries of a teenage girl living in Chicago just before World War II and as the war begins. 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).
SCHOLARLY HISTORY
The first book to ever focus on medieval women pilgrims--in history, in literature, and in art.

Susan's Blog

Schnell! Now in German!

August 19, 2017

I was a German major in college and lived in Munich, Berlin, and the Black Forest. I also taught in East Germany in the 1980s. So it is especially exciting for me to announce that A Medieval Woman's Companion is now published in German as Frauen des Mittelalters: Künstlerinnen – Herrscherinnen – (more…)

Awards: Gold Medal in College Nonfiction and Bronze Medal in Women's Studies

August 19, 2017

I'm delighted to announce that A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages has been awarded a number of honors.

Winner: Gold Medal in College Nonfiction from Literary Classics as well as being awarded a Seal of Approval.

Their review calls the book “Compelling…fascinating.”

It was (more…)

Book Award Finalist for "Grendel's Mother"!

May 9, 2017

I already felt blessed since Grendel's Mother had won the Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award 2016. Additionally, it was a finalist for the 2014-2015 Sarton Literary Award for Historical Fiction and Finalist for Foreward Reviews' 2015 Indiefab Book of (more…)

New Review of The Literature of Waste

April 26, 2017

[M]y understanding of waste has been greatly expanded by Susan Signe Morrison’s The Literature of Waste: Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter....I think her book can help bring readers to a better understanding of waste....Her final two chapters on source reduction and reuse articulate a clear vision of how poetry (more…)

Celebrating International Woman's Day with a Lovely Review of "A Medieval Woman's Companion"

March 16, 2017

"Morrison does a superb job of making medieval women accessible to mainstream audiences." Thanks to The Medieval Magazine for this lovely review of A Medieval Woman's Companion on International Woman's Day 2017.

Sandra Alvarez writes, "[I]it is an excellent book for readers who want a good starting point on (more…)

Book Award Finalist in 3 Categories

March 16, 2017

A Medieval Woman's Companion has been chosen 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.

Chicago and Baseball: Compassionate Community

November 5, 2016

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I was excited that the Cubs won the World Series. I saw them as a kid when I went to visit my grandparents in Chicago. Baseball shows up in the diaries of my mom, Joan, in the 1930s and 1940s. It sparks a moment of communion with a young man whose leg has been (more…)

“Grendel’s Mother” wins Top Honor Award!

November 5, 2016

I was so excited to go to Las Vegas this past week for the Literary Classics awards ceremony. Grendel’s Mother won the Top Honors award for Young Adult literature.

The award, Words on Wings Book Award, “recognizes distinguished fiction for a young adult audience.” I was thrilled to receive (more…)

“Old English is Mine!”: Diversity and Old English

November 5, 2016

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Old English belongs to us all, no matter what our background or where we come from. This proclamation rings out in a beautiful poem I’m delighted to share with you by Nahir I. Otaño Gracia, currently Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Literature and Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. Click on the (more…)