Faculty Profile for Dr. Catherine M Jaffe

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Dr. Catherine M Jaffe
Professor — Dept of World Languages & Literatures
CENT 145
phone: (512) 245-2492

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Catherine 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 co-edited, with Elizabeth Lewis and Mónica Bolufer, The Routledge Companion to the Hispanic Enlightenment, and she is co-editing, 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 journals Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment and Anales de Literatura Española (Universidad de Alicante). She has held research awards from Texas State University, the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (Fellow 2019-20), 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 Culture and Sports.

Teaching Interests

Spanish novel and poetry; Don Quijote; interdisciplinary humanities

Research Interests

18th-21st-century Spanish literature; women writers; the Enlightenment; quixotism; translation; gender and reading

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Jaffe, C. M., Lewis, E., & Bolufer, M. (Eds.). (2020). Routledge Companion to The Hispanic Enlightenment. London and New York, U.K. and U.S.A.: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-the-Hispanic-Enlightenment/Lewis-Peruga-Jaffe/p/book/9781138747791
  • 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.

Selected Awards

  • 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: Grant and Proposal Writing Certificate, College of Liberal Arts Texas State University. November 2019

Selected Grants

  • 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
January 2018-Present
Chapter 325, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
May 2017-Present
Editorial Review Board Member
Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment
June 2016-Present
Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (affiliate of American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)
Editorial Review Board Member
Anales de la literatura española, Universidad de Alicante
October 2019-Present