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Dr. Loretta Clayton

Director of Graduate Student Policy & Support
Office of Graduate Studies

Phone: 478.471.5762

Courses: MGA: Upper-division seminars: "Senior Capstone Seminar in English," “Nineteenth-Century British Poetry and Prose,” “Gender Studies,” “Modern Drama,” “Literature by Women,” “Twentieth-Century British Poetry and Prose,” “Introduction to Literary Studies," "Fashion, Literature & Culture," "Performance Literature & Culture." Composition & Narrative: “Introduction to Literature,” “Freshman Composition,” “Perspectives on Narrative.” Literary surveys: “British Literature 2,” “Online British Literature 2,” “World Literature 1.”

The New School: “Major British Writers of the Nineteenth Century,” “Oscar Wilde: Readings and Revisions,” “Oscar Wilde and Fin-de-Siècle Culture,” “Aesthetes, Dandies, and Decadents,” “Fashions of Modernity.”

Washington University: “Introduction to Women’s Texts,” “Childhood, Adolescence, and Society,” “Advanced Composition and Rhetoric,” “Writing Across the Curriculum Program.”
Education: Dr. Loretta Clayton has a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she studied philosophy, history, and literature in the College of Letters. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She joined the former Macon State College in 2007, before which she taught at the New School University in New York, NY and Fordham University in Bronx, NY as well as at Washington University. At Middle Georgia State University, Dr. Clayton has taught classes in literature, theory, and interdisciplinary studies. She has published on the writings of Oscar Wilde and Victorian discourses of aestheticism and fashion and received a travel grant and an NEH fellowship to study at the Wilde Archive at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Library. She is currently at work on a manuscript titled Wilde, Women, and Fashion: The Making of Modern Style.
Awards and Honors: President, Georgia Council of Graduate Schools (GCGS) (2017-18)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Program Committee (2017-2021)
University Award for Outstanding Teaching, Middle Georgia State University (2016)
University of California at Los Angeles Travel Grant to the Wilde Archive (2009)
NEH Fellowship: Seminar on Oscar Wilde, William Andrews Clark Library, UCLA (2007)
Publications: “The Critique of Fashion in Fiction of the 1860s: Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White and Lewis Carroll’s Alice.” Fashion and Authorship in the Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries, Gerald Egan, Ed., forthcoming.

“Oscar Wilde, Aesthetic Dress, and the Modern Woman: Or Why Sargent’s Portrait of Ellen Terry Appeared in the Woman’s World.” Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Archives. Ed. Joseph Bristow. University of Toronto Press, 2013.

“The Aesthete and His Audience: Oscar Wilde in the 1880s.” Wilde’s Wiles: Studies of the Influences on Oscar Wilde and His Enduring Influences in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Annette Magid. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

“Becoming Modern: Reforming Women’s Dress in Victorian England and America.” Gender and Victorian Reform. Ed. Anita R. Rose. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.

"‘Arbiter of the Elegancies?’ Oscar Wilde as Editor." Oscar Wilde: The Man, His Writings, and His World. Ed. Robert N. Keane. AMS Press, Inc., 2003.

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