Esther Zaplana completed her PhD at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, UK. Her research covers cultural, feminist and theoretical approaches to aesthetic questions in musical performance, with emphasis on the female voice and the relationship between the visual and the auditory. As a cultural analyst, she is also interested in filmic and literary representations of gender, including masculinity. She specializes in French feminism and the work of Luce Irigaray, contributing a chapter on feminine musical performance and Irigaray’s thinking in Luce Irigaray: Teaching (2008), edited by Luce Irigaray herself. Her publications include work on gender and music (Repercussions, 2014), ideal masculinity (Masculinity and Western Musical Practice, 2009), and feminist literature (Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 2005). Currently, she teaches English literature at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.