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Laura Gruber Godfrey

English Instructor, Vandal Gateway Program


Brink 127

Mailing Address

College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
English Department
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow ID 83844-1102

  • 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 an English Instructor for the Vandal Gateway Program at the University of Idaho. 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 book, Hemingway’s Geographies: Intimacy, Materiality, and Memory (Palgrave Macmillan), was published in 2016, and her edited collection for Kent State University Press, titled Hemingway in the Digital Age, was published in 2019.

  • Hemingway
  • Cultural geography and literature
  • Virtual/digital environments
  • Philosophies of space and place
  • Wilderness and landscape in American literature

  • Open Educational Resource Trailblazer Award, North Idaho College (March 2023).  Awarded to six NIC faculty who were early adopters of low or no-cost textbook alternatives for their students.  Part of Project Z, designed to allow students to pursue college degrees with an entirely low-or-no-cost class options.
  • Sabbatical Leave, North Idaho College (Fall 2018).  Awarded annually to only two faculty members at the college for completion of major professional development projects.  My sabbatical leave was awarded so that I could complete my second book, Hemingway in the Digital Age.
  • North Idaho College Faculty Achievement Award (2017), a competitive award given annually to an NIC faculty member for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the college.

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.


Articles and Essays:

  • “╩╗He did not need to get his map out’: Spatial Insularity in Hemingway’s Early Nick Adams Stories.” (forthcoming, The Hemingway Review, Winter 2025)
  • “The Conflicted Frontier of Hemingway’s Idaho.” Good Country:  Ernest Hemingway and the American West. Ed. Ross Tangedal and Larry Grimes. (forthcoming, University of Nevada Press, 2024).
  • “Winter Migrations.” The 2022 Limberlost Review. Rick and Mary Ardinger, Eds.
  • “Digital Hemingway.” In The New Hemingway. Eds. Kirk Curnutt and Suzanne del Gizzo.  Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • “‘On Familiar Ground’: Intimate Geographies and Assumptions of Place in Hemingway’s Nick Adams Stories.” Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World. Eds. Kevin Maier and Mark Ott. Kent State University Press. 2018.
  • “‘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. 

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


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