Faculty Profile for Dr. Catherine M Jaffe
Biography and EducationCatherine M. Jaffe, Professor of Spanish, holds a B.A. in Honors English from Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Hispania, Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment, MLN, Revista de estudios hispánicos, Comparative Literature, The Eighteenth Century, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Letras peninsulares, and Ayer: Revista de Historia Contemporánea. Jaffe co-authored, with Elisa Martín-Valdepeñas, María Lorenza de los Ríos, marquesa de Fuerte-Híjar: Vida y obra de una escritora del Siglo de las Luces (Iberoamericana Vervuert 2019). Jaffe co-edited, with Elizabeth Lewis, Eve’s Enlightenment: Women’s Experience in Spain and Spanish America, 1726-1831 (Lousianna State University Press 2009). She is co-editing, with Elizabeth Lewis and Mónica Bolufer, The Routledge Companion to the Hispanic Enlightenment, and with Elisa Martín-Valdepeñas, Society Ladies and Philanthropy during the Spanish Enlightenment: La Junta de Damas de Honor y Mérito, 1787-1823 (University of Nebraska Press).
Catherine Jaffe served as president and Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for six years. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the 18th-19th-Century Spanish and Iberian Literature Forum of the Modern Languages Association (2018-2022). Jaffe served a term on the editorial board of Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and she currently serves on the editorial boards of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment and the journal Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment. She has held research awards from Texas State University, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Women’s Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Fulbright Commission, and the Hispanex program of Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports.
Teaching InterestsSpanish novel and poetry; Don Quijote; interdisciplinary humanities
Research Interests18th-21st-century Spanish literature; women writers; the Enlightenment; quixotism; translation; gender and reading
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Jaffe, C. M. (2019). Arabella’s Veil: Translating Realism in Don Quijote con faldas (1808). In M. L. Coffey & M. Versteeg (Eds.), Imagined Truths : Realism in Modern Spanish Literature and Culture (pp. 39–57). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto. Retrieved from https://utorontopress.com/ca/imagined-truths-1
- Jaffe, C. M., & Martín-Valdepeñas Yagüe, E. (2019). María Lorenza de los Ríos, marquesa de Fuerte-Híjar: vida y obra de una escritora del siglo de las Luces. Madrid, Frankfurt, Spain, Germany: Iberoamericana Vervuert. Retrieved from https://www.iberoamericana-vervuert.es/FichaLibro.aspx?P1=152916
- Jaffe, C. M. (2018). “From the Traps of Love and the Yoke of Marriage to the Ideal of Friendship: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century.” In S. Bermúdez & R. Johnson (Eds.), A New History of Iberian Feminisms (pp. 58–66). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.
- Jaffe, C. M. (2017). Female Quixotism in the Transatlantic Enlightenment: Fernández de Lizardi’s La Quijotita y su prima. Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment, 40(1), 81–104. Retrieved from http://faculty.virginia.edu/dieciocho/40.1/3.Jaffe.Malin.Rueda.Jaffe.40.1.pdf
- Jaffe, C. M. (2010). Lectora y Lectura femenina en la modernidad: el Semanario de Salamanca (1793-1798). Ayer: Revista de Historia Contemporánea, 72(2), 69–91.
- Award / Honor Recipient: College of Liberal Arts College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative, College of Liberal Arts. 2019
- Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service, College of Liberal Arts. 2015
- Award / Honor Recipient: Delta of the District of Columbia, Phi Beta Kappa. 1980
- Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Professor of International Studies, Center for International Studies, Texas State University. September 1, 2015 - Present
- Award / Honor Recipient: "An Edition, Study, and Translation of the Collected Works of María Lorenza de los Ríos, Marquesa de Fuerte-Híjar (1761-1821), with Biographical Essay.", Women's Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Editing and Translation Award. 2011 - 2012
- Jaffe, Catherine M. "An Edition, Study, and Translation of the Collected Works of María Lorenza de los Ríos, Marquesa de Fuerte-Híjar (1761-1821), with Biographical Essay.", $7246. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
- Jaffe, Catherine M. Research Enhancement Grant"Eighteenth-Century Spanish Conduct Literature for Women", $6500. (Funded: 2006). Grant.
- Jaffe, Catherine M (Principal). Matching grant from Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, $2000. (Funded: March 2006). Grant.
- Jaffe, Catherine M. A History of the Women’s Council of the Royal Madrid Economic Society (1787-1823): Women, Enlightenment, and Philanthropy, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, Federal, $6000. (Funded: May 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019). Grant.
- Jaffe, Catherine M. Historia de la Junta de Damas, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports, Hispanex Program, $2875. (Funded: October 2018 - October 2019). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
Editorial Review Board Member
Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment
Chapter 325, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Editorial Review Board Member
Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment
Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (affiliate of American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)
Search Committee Assistant Professor Latin American Literature