AboutCatherine M. Jaffe is Professor of Spanish at Texas State University, where she also teaches in the Honors College and coordinates the Honors Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. She is Secretary/Treasurer of the Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment and Studies in Eighteenth -Century Culture.
Catherine Jaffe’s research interests in modern Spanish and comparative literature focus on women writers and theories of gender and reading in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spain. Her publications include studies of quixotism, gender and translation, and feminism in the Hispanic Enlightenment.
EducationB.A. 1980, Georgetown University, Honors English
M.A. 1981, University of Chicago, Comparative Literature
Ph. D. 1986, University of Chicago, Comparative Literature (dissertation director: Ricardo Gullón)
PublicationsCatherine Jaffe co-edited Eve’s Enlightenment: Women’s Experience in Spain and Spanish America, 1726-1839 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009), with Elizabeth Franklin Lewis. Recent journal articles include “Female Quixotism in the Transatlantic Enlightenment: Fernández de Lizardi’s La Quijotita y su prima,” forthcoming in Dieciocho 40.1 (Spring 2017); “Honor, Gender, and Translation in the Spanish Enlightenment: Mariano Madramany y Calatayud’s El engaño feliz (1795),” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 45 (2016); and with co-author Elisa Martín Valdepeñas-Yagüe, “Gender, Translation, and Eighteenth-Century Women Dramatists: Elizabeth Griffith’s The School for Rakes (1769) and María Lorenza de los Ríos y Loyo’s El Eugenio (1801),” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 56.1 (2015).
ProjectsCatherine Jaffe is currently working on an edition and biography of the Spanish Enlightenment reformer and writer, María Lorenza de los Ríos y Loyo, Marquesa de Fuerte-Híjar (1761-1821) with Spanish historian Elisa Martín-Valdepeñas, and on a book project on female quixotism in 18th- and 19th-century Hispanic literature.
MembershipsCatherine Jaff is active in professional organizations such as the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, and the Sociedad Española de Estudios del Siglo XVIII.