One of the most exciting and controversial developments of Latin American literary scholarship has been the growth and evolution of women's writing and of critical studies regarding the female literary tradition. Whereas in the mid-1970s, Celia Correas de Zapata could rightly disparage the paucity of literary criticism concerned with female writing and the lack of recognition afforded to notable Latin American women authors by traditional male critics, that situation has improved considerably. The first priority of researchers in the area of women's writings during the late 1960s and early 1970s was the painstaking task of uncovering the female literary tradition. In Latin American literature, a growing female consciousness inspired by the international women's movement and a renewed interest in Latin American culture, sparked by the political turbulence of the early 1960s, led to the recovery and/or discovery of works by women.