Susan Signe Morrison


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.
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.
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?
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).
The first book to ever focus on medieval women pilgrims--in history, in literature, and in art.

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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 might help humans to see waste in all its forms as ethical matter, calling for action....Her work brings together Walt Whitman, Ammons, and Italo Calvino along with Chaucer and others in an exciting and awe-inspiring assemblage. The Literature of Waste also offers valuable commentary in thinking about intertextuality as a kind of recycling, the dangers of seeing certain groups of humans as waste, the dependent relations a city has with rural landscapes concerning waste disposal, and the pressing problem of conspicuous consumption and the often hidden increase in waste it produces. As I was trying to dig through Morrison’s midden heap of literature, theory, and history, I found myself constantly struck by poignant insights and thoughtful articulations, especially her work on early modern and medieval texts. In terms of ecocriticism, the book is a great example of interdisciplinary thought that seeks to address environmental crisis.....Scholars and readers interested in material culture or any of its various offshoots will find much of use here while those interested in garbage more generally will also find this book a useful introduction to thinking about waste.

~Matthew Zantingh, The Goose 15.1 (2016), Art. 13