Director, Women's and Gender Studies; Professor of Spanish

Degrees: A.B. magna cum laude, John Carroll University ; M.A., Ph.D., Case - Western Reserve University

Expertise: All levels of Spanish Language, Hispanic Culture, Civilization & Literature; Medieval Spanish Literature, Cinema, especially of Spain, Latin America, Hungary, Feminism and Cultural Studies; Hungarian and Hungarian-American Studies; European Cinema; Hispanic Women Writers

Katherine Gyékényesi Gatto is Professor of Spanish and former Chairperson (1990-97) of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures at John Carroll University. The focus of Professor Gatto’s scholarly research is medieval Spanish literature, Hispanic women writers and filmmakers, and Hungarian and Hungarian-American literature and film. Her most recent publication is Spain’s Literary Legacy: Studies in Spanish Literature and Culture From the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century (2005), which she edited and to which she contributed an essay on medieval medical views of women in the Lapidario of Alfonso X, the Learned. Currently she is extending and broadening a number of articles she has published on the Argentine director, María Luisa Bemberg, into a book length manuscript, entitled Solo Tango: The Feminist Films of María Luisa Bemberg. In 2001 she was the winner of the Lucrecia Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Gatto was born in Austria and emigrated to the USA with her Hungarian parents.

Chair of Department, 1990 – 1997

Language Section:  Spanish
Languages Taught:  Spanish
Other Languages Read or Spoken:  English, Hungarian, German, Italian
Country of Birth:  Austria

Honors & Awards:

  • George E. Grauel Faculty Research Fellowship; 1980, 1994, 2001, 2006
  • John Carroll University Summer Research Fellowship; 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012
  • Summer Research Fellowship in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • Council for International Exchange of Scholars Nominee for Fulbright Research Grant to Hungary, 1992-1993
  • (N.E.H.) National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Alfonsine Contributions to Medieval Spanish Literature and Culture, University of Kentucky, 1990
  • (N.E.H.) National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Medieval Spain, Fordham University, 1987
  • Exxon Education Foundation Grant, Workshop for the Development of Foreign Language and Literature Programs, MLA Convention, Los Angeles, 1982
  • Fulbright Hays Research Scholar, Spain, 1972-1973

Special Service:

  • Director, Women’s and Gender Studies (2012-present)
  • Chairperson of Department, 1990 – 1997

Publications – Books:

  • Spain’s Literary Legacy. Ed. and author. University Press of the South, Inc. 2005
  • The Lapidary of King Alfonso X the Learned.  An English Edition.  Forward by John E. Keller.  Co-authored with Ingrid Bahler.  University Press of the South, Inc. 1997.
  • Treasury of Hungarian Love;  Poems, Quotations, and Proverbs in Hungarian and English.  Hippocrene Books, Inc., 1996.
  • Of Kings and Poets:  Cancionero Poetry of the Trastámara Courts. Co-authored with Ingrid Bahler.  Peter Lang, Inc., 1992.
  • Manual terapéutico para el adulto con dificultades del habla y lenguaje, Tomo I, Una selección de materiales de estímulo.  Co-authored with Ingrid Bahler.  Visiting Nurse Service, 1985.
  • Numerous essays, articles, translations, reviews in journals, encyclopedias, books.

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