"You’ll lose it if you talk about it": Brett as Relic, Pedro Romero as Peter of Rome, and the Bullfight as Carnivalesque Mass in The Sun Also Rises
Examines numerous hidden Roman Catholic sacraments throughout the novel to reveal not only Hemingway’s religious concerns but also a richer understanding of his aesthetic and literary philosophy expressed in Death in the Afternoon. Watson focuses on Hemingway’s characterization of the bullfight as a “priestly Christological, Eucharistic sacrifice,” concluding that for Jake and the author religious meaning is found through the church’s prioritization of physical action over spiritual meditation. Draws on the theories of Derrida.
Christianity and Literature