Individuality in the Drama of Emilio Carballido
Emilio Carballido is the leading playwright in contemporary Mexico. He has written full-length plays, one-acts, screen plays, operas, ballets, novels and short stories, all or which are categorized and reviewed in Mrs. Margaret Peden's doctoral thesis "Emilio Carballido: Dramatic Author, His Work from 1948-1966." The intent of the following paper is not to survey the bulk of Carballido's work, but rather to trace a dominant theme, individuality, through the course of his career. hoping at the same time to suggest the nature of his style and point out major characteristics of his work. I have also dealt to some extent with the quality and definition of reality in the work or Carballido since this is intricately related to the main theme. (Every individual exists within and determines his own reality.) I have chosen the following representative works upon which to focus: Rosalba y Llaveros, La hebra de oro, El dia que se soltaron los leones, El relojero de Cordoba, Las estatuas de marfil, and "Delicioso domingo." More complete plot summaries or all but the last play can be found in Mrs. Peden's work.