Clayton Tarr

Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies | English
Cameron 145A

Ph.D.: University of Georgia
MA: University of South Carolina
BA: Indiana University

Areas of Interest

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature
The Gothic
Children’s Literature
Composition and Rhetoric
Critical Theory

Current Projects

Paper Trails: Registration, Personation, Victorian Sensation, under contract, SUNY Press

Publications and Projects

Gothic Stories within Stories: Frame Narratives and Realism in the Genre, 1790–1900. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2017.
Peru and Peruvian Tales. By Helen Maria Williams. Ed. Paula R. Feldman, Clayton Tarr, et al. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2015.
“Stillborn Plots: Revolution, Imagination, and the Failure of Romanticism.” Forthcoming, Nineteenth-Century Literature 75.1 (June 2020): 12,000 words.
“Big Oil: Petroleum Politics in Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race.” Symbiosis 19.2 (Fall 2019): 9,000 words.
“The Loss of Maidenhead: Rape and the Revolutionary Novel.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 31.3 (Spring 2019): 549–74.
“For British Eyes Only: Arrested Development and Neo-Victorian Humor,” Neo-Victorian Studies 11.1 (2018): 65–84.
“The Tables Turned: Curious Commodities in Victorian Children’s Literature.” Journal of Victorian Culture 23.1 (2018): 25–44.
“Abnormal Narratives: Disability and Omniscience in the Nineteenth-Century Novel.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45.3 (September 2017): 645–64.
“Long in the Tooth: Dental Degeneracy and the Savage Mouth.” Gothic Studies 19.1 (May 2017): 113–26.
“Pleasurable Suspension: Erotic Asphyxiation in the Nineteenth Century.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 38.1 (2016): 55–68.
“Infectious Fiction: Plague and the Novelist in Arthur Mervyn and The Last Man.” Studies in the Novel 47.2 (Summer 2015): 141–57.
“Absolute Heathenism: Bog Bodies and the Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century Literature.” Nineteenth-Century Studies 27 (2013): 1–20.
“Purloined Letters: Edgar Allan Poe, Maria Edgeworth, and the Study of Chirography.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review 14.2 (Autumn 2013): 178–98.
“‘Who are your heroes?’: Thomas Carlyle and Louisa May Alcott.” Carlyle Studies Annual 28 (2012): 121–40.
“Covent Goblin Market.” Victorian Poetry 50.3 (Fall 2012): 297–319.
“Knots in Glass: Dickens and Omniscience from Boz to Bucket.” Dickens Studies Annual 43 (2012): 33–66.


UWRT 1103 and UWRT 1104 (Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts I and II)