Lynne Vallone, PhD
Professor of Childhood Studies
Department of Childhood Studies
405-7 Cooper Street — Rm. 306
Camden, NJ 08102
Dr. Vallone was the chair of the Department of Childhood Studies from 2008 until 2011 and again from 2013-2016. She is the author of Disciplines of Virtue: Girls’ Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1995, Yale UP) and Becoming Victoria (2001, Yale; a cultural biography of the young Queen Victoria) and the co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature (2005, Norton), Virtual Gender: Fantasies of Subjectivity and Embodiment (U of Georgia P), The Girl’s Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830-1915 (1994, U of Georgia P), and The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature (2011, Oxford UP). In 2011, The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature was awarded the Children’s Literature Association’s best edited book prize. Dr. Vallone has a forthcoming book (January 2018, Yale University Press) titled Big and Small: A Cultural History of Extraordinary Bodies. This book historicizes the idea that size and scale help to organize the ways that we behave and look at the world. She is currently general editor of the Palgrave series Literary Cultures and the Child.
Ph.D. in English (1990) – SUNY Buffalo, Department of English
M.A. in English (1988) – SUNY Buffalo, Department of English
B.A. in English (1983) – William Smith College, Department of English (summa cum laude)
Children’s literature and culture, the visual and material cultures of childhood and girlhood, and the Victorian Age.
Courses Taught at Rutgers-Camden:
Undergraduate: Young Adult Literature, Senior Seminar in Childhood Studies, Children’s Books and Illustrations, Literature of Childhood
Graduate: Proseminar in Childhood Studies I, Visual and Material Cultures of Childhood, Literary and Cultural Constructions of Childhood
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2007-present: Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
2002-2007: Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University
1996-2002: Associate Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University
1990-1996: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University
Big and Small: A Cultural History of Extraordinary Bodies. Yale UP, 2018.
The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature, co-edited with Julia Mickenberg. Oxford UP, 2011. 608 pp. Paperback, 2012.
The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature, Jack Zipes, general editor; Lissa Paul and Lynne Vallone, associate general editors; Peter Hunt, Gillian Avery, sub-editors, 2005. 2,471 pp.
Becoming Victoria. Yale UP, 2001. 256 pp.
Virtual Gender: Fantasies of Subjectivity and Embodiment. Co-editor, with Mary Ann O’Farrell. U of Michigan P, 1999. 255 pp.
Disciplines of Virtue: Girls’ Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Yale UP, 1995. 230 pp.
The Girl’s Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830-1915. Co-editor, with Claudia Nelson. U of Georgia P, 1994. 296 pp.
“The Place of Girls in the Traditions of Minstrelsy and Recitation.” International Research in Children’s Literature10.0 (2017) 39-58.
“History Girls: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Historiography and the Case of Mary, Queen of Scots.” Children’s Literature 36 (2008): 1-23.
“Retelling World War One as Alternate History and Technological Fantasy in American Children’s Literature.” The Image of the Child in Chinese and American Children’s Literature, eds. Claudia Nelson and Rebecca Morris. Ashgate (2014): pp. 197-207.
“Doing Childhood Studies: The View From Within.” The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities, ed. Anna Mae. Duane. U of Georgia P (2013): 238-254.
2013: Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature awarded the “best edited book award” of 2011 from the Children’s Literature Association
2011: Children’s Literature Association Faculty Research Award ($1,000)
2006: Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Research ($4,000)
2000-2005: University Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M University ($100,000)
Recent Conferences and Invited Lectures:
“The ‘Impossible’ Fetus.” International Research Society for Children’s Literature, Toronto, Canada, August 2017.
“Extraordinary Bodies in American Children’s Literature: The Dwarf Child.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia, November 2015.
“’Be helpful, build on sound principles; do everything the right way’: the Meccano Magazine and Middle-Class Boy Culture in Britain, 1930-1945.” International Research Society for Children’s Literature. Worcester, UK. August 2015.
Invited participation in Childhood Studies curriculum retreat (with the Open University, UK and Linköping University, Sweden), Open University, October 16-17, 2014.
Invited facilitator at one-day workshop, “Building Childhood Studies.” Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA, March 2014.
“Reproductive Science in the 18th-century Novel: The Microscope and the Homunculus.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Williamsburg, VA, March 2014.
Invited talk at University of Texas, “Doing Childhood Studies.” February 13, 2013.
Invited talk at University of Linköping, Sweden: “Judging ‘Normalcy, Goodness and Beauty: Size and Scale in (Western) Literature, Popular Culture and Art.” September 2012.
“Children’s Literature Through Many Voices: A Conversation about Childhood Studies Today.” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, June 2012.
General Editor, Literary Cultures and the Child series, Palgrave
“Classics of Children’s Literature” series co-editor with Matthew Grenby at Palgrave (since 2010)
Associate Editor, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (2009-2014)
Editorial Board, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (since 2007)
Board of Editors, The Lion and the Unicorn (since 1999)