Instructor, Vandal Gateway Program
- Ph.D. American Literature, Washington State University, 2005
- M.A. American Literature, University of Idaho, 2001
- B.A. English, Emory University, 1998
Laura Godfrey is the assistant chair of the English and Humanities Division at North Idaho College, and she serves as the faculty advisor for students in the NIC-University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene 2+2 English B.A. degree. Laura’s teaching and research draws from a wide range of spatial, geographical, and ecocritical theories. She has published essays on a diverse set of authors (Mary Hallock Foote, Mourning Dove, Cormac McCarthy, Emily Brontë, B.M. Bower, and Ernest Hemingway). Her Hemingway scholarship has been included in a variety of edited collections, including Hemingway: Eight Decades of Criticism (2009), Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory (2010), and Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World (forthcoming December 2017). Her book, Hemingway’s Geographies: Intimacy, Materiality, and Memory (Palgrave Macmillan), was published in 2016, and she is currently editing a new book collection for Kent State University Press titled Teaching Hemingway in the Digital Age.
- Cultural geography and literature
- Virtual/digital environments
- Philosophies of space and place
- Wilderness and landscape in American literature
- Hemingway’s Geographies: Intimacy, Materiality, and Memory. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. (Included in the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies series, edited by Robert Tally, Jr.)
Articles and Essays:
- “‘On Familiar Ground’: Intimate Geographies and Assumptions of Place in Hemingway’s Nick Adams Stories.” Forthcoming in Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World. Eds. Kevin Maier and Mark Ott. Kent State University Press. 2017.
- “‘where the shingle mill was…’”: Pleasure and Misery in Hemingway’s Remembered Geographies.” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies 2.2 (Fall 2015).
- “Text and Image: The Internet Generation Reads ‘The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.’” The Hemingway Review 32.1 (Fall 2012): 39-56.
- “‘The World He’d Lost’: Geography and ‘Green’ Memory in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 52.2 (March 2011): 163-175.
- “‘That Quiet Earth’: Tourism, Cultural Geography, and the Misreading of Landscape in Wuthering Heights." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 12.2 (Spring 2011): 1-15.
- Introduction to Lonesome Land by B.M. Bower. New York: Barns & Noble Publishing, 2010. ix—xv.
- “Hemingway and Cultural Geography: The Landscape of Logging in ‘The End of Something.’” The Hemingway Review 26.1 (Fall 2006): 47-62.
- "The Textual Frontier: Contest and Contact in Mourning Dove's Cogewea, The Half-Blood." Arizona Quarterly 62.1 (Spring 2006): 65-83.
- "'The Naturalistic Impulse': Limitations of Gender and Landscape in Mary Hallock Foote's Idaho Stories." Western American Literature 38.4 (Winter 2004): 353-373.
- Teaching Hemingway in the Digital Age. Kent State University Press (edited collection in progress)
- Mapping Hemingway in Idaho
Using ArcGIS Online and working in partnership with the Ketchum Community Library and the University of Idaho GIS Librarian, Laura is project director for Mapping Hemingway in Idaho. Mapping Hemingway in Idaho is a unique interactive digital story map that combines digital 2D and 3D maps, audio clips from the Community Library’s oral history collection, historic images, videos, and biographical research. The map not only marks important sites visited by Ernest Hemingway during his many trips to central Idaho, but also locates Hemingway legacy sites such as his grave and the Hemingway Memorial.