Catherine M. Jaffe is Professor of Spanish at Texas State University, where she  also teaches in the Honors College. She served on the MLA Forum 18th-19thC Spanish and Iberian LLC Executive Committee (2017-2022) and serves on the editorial boards of Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment and Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. She was a member of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Executive Board from 2020-2023.

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.


B.A. 1980, Georgetown University, Honors English

M.A. 1981, University of Chicago, Comparative Literature

Ph. D. 1986, University of Chicago, Comparative Literature (“The Reader in the Modern Lyric Poem: Juan Ramón Jiménez, Fernando Pessoa, and W. B. Yeats,” dissertation director: Ricardo Gullón)


María Lorenza de los Ríos, marquesa de Fuerte-Híjar: Vida y obra de una escritora del siglo de las Luces. C.M. Jaffe & E. Martín-Valdepeñas. Madrid & Frankfurt: Iberoamericana – Vervuert, 2018. Co-authored with Spanish historian.

Society Women and Enlightened Charity in Spain: The Junta de Damas de Honor y Mérito, 1786-1823, C. Jaffe & E. Martín-Valdepeñas, eds. Louisiana State University Press, 2022

The Routledge Companion to the Hispanic Enlightenment, E. Lewis, M. Bolufer, C. Jaffe, eds. London & NY: Routledge, 2020.

Eve’s Enlightenment: Women’s Experience in Spain and Spanish America, 1726-1839, C. Jaffe. and E. Lewis, eds. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2009.

[The Black Legend in the 18th Century: National Identities under Construction. C. Jaffe & K. Stolley, eds. In press, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2024.]


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    Catherine Jaffe 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, the Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas, and the Sociedad Española de Estudios del Siglo XVIII.

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