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Jacqueline C. Nanfito

Office: Guilford 308
email: jcn@case.edu

Jacqueline Nanfito is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University. The focus of Professor Nanfito's scholarly production has been on women writers of Latin America, and she has several articles published in American and Latin American literary journals. She has authored a book on the work of the Mexican Baroque writer, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, entitled El sueño: Cartographies of Knowledge and the Self . Her most recent publication is Gabriel Mistral: On Women (White Pine Press, 2000), her translations of selected prose writings by the Nobel Prize Poet, Gabriela Mistral, specifically those recados which focus on women and feminist themes.

Since her arrival to Case in the Fall of ‘96, Professor Nanfito has been actively involved in promoting activities related to underrepresented groups, especially Hispanics and women, from teaching a course on Latin American Women Writers, to serving on the Women's Studies Program Steering Committee and on the Executive Committee of the University Women's Coalition. Jacqueline has planned major events focusing on Latin American cultural production while at Case, such as the exhibit of Chilean arpilleras in the University's Mather Gallery in Fall 1997, and recently another exhibit of works by the Cuban contemporary artist, Zaida del Rio in Fall 2002, the latter as one of the highlights of the Baker-Nord 2002 Humanities' Week celebration, In These Americas . For this annual interdisciplinary celebration, Jacqueline organized as the culminating event the performance of Tres Vidas , the musical/theatrical work written by Marjorie Agosin, which portrays through music and song the lives of three Latin American heroines: Alfonsina Storni, Argentine feminist poet; Frida Kahlo, legendary Mexican painter and wife of the muralist, Diego Rivera; and Rufina Amaya, Salvadoran peasant activist. Jacqueline continues to focus on women in Latin America, with an increasing interest in Cuban and Caribbean writers and artists.

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