Dr. Nurmi joined the Humanities faculty at Elmira College in 2012.  He holds a doctorate in English and American Literature from the University of Arizona, with particular focus on the geographic imagination in nineteenth-century American writing.  Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of narrative, he teaches courses in early and modern American literatures with attention to their historical and ethical dimensions.  He also offers courses on law and literature, Emerson and Melville, and the American Renaissance in a transatlantic context, emphasizing the relationships between cartography, writing, and nationalism.  Dr. Nurmi is currently working on his first book, The Inverted Compass: Geography and the Ethics of Authorship in Nineteenth-Century America.  He is also affiliated faculty with the Center for Mark Twain Studies.

Email me if you have questions or interesting ideas: tnurmi@elmira.edu.

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* Elmira College Humanities and Social Sciences Blog: http://echumanitiessocsci.blogspot.com/

* Progressive Geographies: http://progressivegeographies.com/

* Ecology Without Nature: http://ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.co.uk/