Lynne Vallone, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Childhood Studies
Department of Childhood Studies
329 Cooper Street – Room 204
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 Big and Small: A Cultural History of Extraordinary Bodies (2017, Yale UP), 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. She is general editor of the Palgrave series Literary Cultures and the Child. Her current work historicizes the cultural and political identities of the fetus.
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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2020-2021: Acting Chair of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
2020-present: Distinguished Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
2011-2020: Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
2013-2016: Chair and Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
2013-2014: Director of Graduate Studies, Rutgers University
2008-2011: Chair and Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University
2007-2008: 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
Under contract: Fetus: A Biography. Reaktion Press, due 2024.
Forthcoming 2020: “Size,” Keywords in Children’s Literature, 2nd. Edition, Eds. Lissa Paul and Philip Nel, New York University Press, commissioned.
Forthcoming 2020: encyclopedia entry, “Children’s Literature” in the Sage Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies. Submitted July 2017.
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:
Title TBD, Invited keynote speaker, International Girls Studies Conference, Notre Dame, Indiana, February 28-March 2, 2019.
“The Silent Fetus.” International Research Society for Children’s Literature conference. Stockholm, Sweden, August 2019.
“(Pro) Testing the Message: Youth Activism and the Media.” Children’s Literature Association Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2019.
“Picturing the Fetal Narrator: The Fetus in 20th and 21st century Literature and Popular Culture.” “Coming of Age of the Public Fetus International Workshop.” Uppsala, Sweden. May 2019.
Invited keynote: “The Cultures of Girl Activism, 2019.” International Girls Studies Association (IGSA). South Bend, Indiana, March 2019.
Invited talk: “Nineteenth-Century Female Missionaries and Their Books for Children: Mary Martha Sherwood and Charlotte Maria Tucker (A.L.O.E.)” with Kimberley Reynolds. “Books for Children. Transnational Encounters, 1750-1850” International Symposium. Copenhagen, Denmark, May 31-June 1, 2018.
“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.
National Professional Service (selected):
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)