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.

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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 their journey into women's studies, feminism, and gender during the Middle Ages....The book takes aim at many of the mainstream myths perpetuated about the lives of medieval women, such as, the idea that they lived horrible oppressed lives, and had little to no agency, or the notion that all medieval women were illiterate....Morrison does her best to debunk these claims by providing over 200 pages of examples, from the Early Middle Ages to the beginning of the Early Modern period....She also discusses how to approach medieval texts with a view to modern concepts of freedom and agency...Morrison does a superb job of making medieval women accessible to mainstream audiences, and tying in traditional and digital sources."