Geneva, NY—Lynne Vallone, a 1983 William Smith graduate, has written Becoming Victoria (Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn.), the first full-length treatment of Queen Victoria's childhood and girlhood. The book is scheduled for release in May, 2001, to coincide with the centennial anniversary of Queen Victoria's death.
Vallone is an associate professor of English at Texas A & M University. She is the author of Disciplines of Virtue: Girl's Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, also published by Yale University Press.
Part biography, part historical-cultural study, Becoming Victoria charts the development of the royal from willful child to strong-willed monarch, within the culture of girlhood and domestic life in the 1820s and 1830s. Vallone explores the complex and often conflicting contexts of the period, including Georgian children's literature, conventional childrearing practices, domestic and familial intrigues, and turbulent political climate, using Victoria's letters, stories, drawings, and journals from the Royal Archives.
Vallone completed her undergraduate degree in English at William Smith College in three years, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. She received the Katharine Cook Prize for English and the Richard Reinitz Scholarship. She was also a member of the Honors program, received honors in English for her thesis, and distinction for her baccalaureate essay. During her time at William Smith Vallone played soccer, studied ballet, and was a member and treasurer of the Koshare Dance Guild, in which all choreography, dancing, and costuming, as well as much of the technical work, is done by students. She also was a member of the literary magazine Thel, which features student fiction, prose, poetry, photography, and artwork.
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