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Dr. Laura Getty, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, English
Phone: 706-867-3218

Office: Dunlap Hall, 309A, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: World literature, British Literature, Chaucer, Medieval Literature, Mythology, and Composition


Dr. Getty arrived at the university in 1999, straight out of graduate school. In the many years since then, she has forgotten at least a quarter of the things that she has done, and she is trying actively to forget the number of committees on which she has served.

As an exchange professor, she taught for a semester in China, at Tsinghua University, in Beijing. She has served as a faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, since 2001.

In recent years, she has been involved in several open access/public domain anthology projects. The four anthologies have been downloaded over 5,000 times at 375 institutions in 101 countries (as of April 2019).

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1101 (Composition I)
  • ENGL 1102 (Composition II)
  • ENGL 2111 (World Literature I)
  • ENGL 2111-Honors
  • ENGL 2112 (World Literature II)
  • ENGL 2112-Honors
  • ENGL 2121 (British Literature I)
  • ENGL 2122 (British Literature II)
  • ENGL 2230 (Intermediate Composition)
  • ENGL 3140 (Literary Research and Writing)
  • ENGL 3300/6300 (Mythology)
  • ENGL 3330 (Indian Literature)
  • ENGL 3410/6410 (Medieval English Literature)
  • ENGL 4411/6411 (Chaucer)
  • Victorian Literature (Tsinghua University, Beijing)
  • ENGL 4820/6820 (The Arthurian Legend)


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, 1995
  • B.A., Independent Student-Designed Major (German, French, and Folklore), St. Mary's College of Maryland, 1993

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Getty has received an early book contract for a study on islands in popular culture for McFarland Press, and she is serving as a guest editor (along with Donna Gessell and Tanya Bennett) for a special edition of the journal South Atlantic Review on the works of Lorraine M. López. Her research interests include medieval literature, pedagogy, mythology, and cultural studies.


Co-Editor. With B.J. Robinson (editor-in-chief). British Literature I: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Neo-Classicism. University Press of North Georgia. Public Domain/Open Access online textbook. Official release in summer 2018.

Co-Editor. With Anita Turlington (editor-in-chief), Matthew Horton, Karen Dodson, Kyounghye Kwon, and Laura Ng, co-editors. Compact Anthology of World Literature II: Volumes 4, 5, and 6. Public Domain/Open Access online textbook. Official release in summer 2018.

Editor-in-Chief. With Kyounghye Kwon, Rhoda Kelley, and Douglass Thomson, co-editors. World Literature I : Beginnings to 1650. (Version of the Compact Anthology of World Literature, developed with eCore) University Press of North Georgia. Used for ENGL 2111 eCore classes as of Fall 2016.

Editor-in-Chief. With Kyounghye Kwon, co-editor. Compact Anthology of World Literature. University Press of North Georgia. Public Domain/Open Access online textbook. Official release in Spring 2016.

“False assumptions: the challenges and politics of teaching in China.” Teaching in Higher Education 16.3 (2011): 347-352.

“Casting the Assessment Net Wide: Capturing All Student Learning.” About Campus (May-June 2008): 10-16. Primary author, with Denise Y. Young and Laura D. Whitaker-Lea.

“‘Other smale ymaad before’: Chaucer as Historiographer in the Legend of Good Women.The     Chaucer Review 42.1 (2007): 48-75.

“Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily.’” The Explicator 63.4 (Summer 2005): 230-34.

“The Credible Writer: Teaching Ethos in First-Year Composition.” With Tanya Long Bennett, Donna A. Gessell, Sandee K. McGlaun, and Linda Stallworth Williams. Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists 8.1 (Fall 2002): 52-73.

“Lancelot and the Cathars: Heresy in Chrétien de Troyes’ Le Chevalier de la Charrette.” Romance Notes 42 (2002): 139-150.

“Circumventing Petrarch: Subreading Ovid’s Tristia in Spenser’s Amoretti.” Philological Quarterly 79 (Summer 2000): 293-314.          

“Maidens and Their Guardians: Reinterpreting the ‘Rapunzel’ Tale.” Mosaic 30.2 (1997): 37-52.

Work Experience

  • University of North Georgia (1999-present)
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Graduate Assistantship (1993-1999)

Personal Information

Growing up, Dr. Getty’s family moved a lot, so she has lived in Idaho, South Carolina, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington State, California (three locations), Mississippi, Maryland, and Georgia. She has traveled to Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and China.

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