Antonio Vallejo Buero Criticism: El Tragaluz (The Basement Window) - Essay

Frank P. Casa (essay date April 1969)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Casa, Frank P. “The Problem of National Reconciliation in Buero Vallejo's El Tragaluz.Revista Hispánica Moderna XXXV, no. 3 (April 1969): 285-94.

[In the following essay, Casa analyzes the sociopolitical significance of El tragaluz, contending that it was the first Spanish play to explore the moral consequences of the Spanish Civil War.]

Buero Vallejo's El tragaluz is one of the most important works of Spanish post-war literature. That its importance is due to political-cultural circumstances rather than to its literary merit does not, in any way, diminish the significance of the play.1 The peculiar distinction of the...

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John W. Kronik (essay date spring 1973)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Kronik, John W. “Buero Vallejo's El Tragaluz and Man's Existence in History.” Hispanic Review 41 (spring 1973): 371-96.

[In the following essay, Kronik provides a thematic and stylistic analysis of El tragaluz and views the play as the culmination of Buero Vallejo's dramatic work.]

In El tragaluz, Buero Vallejo addresses himself to a problem of existence that pervades his entire dramatic output of the past twenty years: the interrelationship between man and his circumstance, between his inner and outer realities. The play, which began a highly successful run in Madrid on October 7, 1967, is neither a novelty nor a departure in Buero's...

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Ronald J. Friis (essay date winter 1993)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Friis, Ronald J. “‘Hoy ya no cameos en aquellos errores’: Mimetic Violence and Transcendence in Buero Vallejo's El Tragaluz.Romance Notes XXXIV, no. 2 (winter 1993): 203-10.

[In the following essay, Friis offers a stylistic and thematic analysis of El Tragaluz, focusing on Buero Vallejo's use of mimesis in the play.]

The Platonic conception of mimesis as the depiction of reality has received a new interpretation in the writings of René Girard. For Girard, imitation and similarity are the keys to understanding many of the puzzles of human nature, especially desire and violence. Antonio Buero Vallejo's El tragaluz (1967) features a...

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F. Komla Aggor (essay date spring 1994)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Aggor, F. Komla. “Derealizing the Present: Evasion and Madness in El tragaluz.Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos XVIII, no. 2 (spring 1994): 141-50.

[In the following essay, Aggor provides a psychoanalytic interpretation of El Tragaluz.]

Michel Foucault, in Maladie mentale et psychologie, makes an important, contribution to the understanding of mental illness by illuminating some inner dynamics which were previously overlooked. According to Foucault, mental illness is much more than regression (when the patient attempts to relive the past through fantasies) because, if this were the case, madness would be an innate tendency in each...

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