Combining biography and bibliography with literary criticism inclined towards feminist theory, this volume profiles and analyzes 50 significant female Spanish writers. Some celebrated, some overlooked, they date from the 14th century to the present. The volume includes poets, fiction writers, dramatists and essayists. Lives and works are examined with reference to complex issues surrounding gender, creativity and social mores. Partly informed by findings of the 50 contributors, the compilers have also provided an introduction which interprets "herstory" in terms of Spanish culture. They compare the struggle for identity and artistic expression in a world putatively governed by gender, to balancing on a tightrope. Extensive bibliographies for each writer record original works, modern editions and translations, and criticism. A general bibliography selects sources relevant to Spanish women writers and gender-related topics.