Writing From the Interface: Hemingway's Insider Perspective on the Bullfight in Death in the Afternoon
Places Death in the Afternoon at the interface of two non-congruent traditions in bullfight writing: travel writing (the principal genre in English for writing about the fiesta in Hemingway's time) written by the traveler-explorer for the reader back home, and "literature taurina" (manuals, dictionaries, statistical yearbooks, biographies, etc.) written in Spanish by and for serious aficionados. Drawing on elements from both traditions, Brendendick argues that Hemingway effectively repositions the "reader back home" with respect to the fiesta, making Death in the Afternoon the first attempt in English to deal with the bullfight in depth from the position of an aspiring aficionado instead of curious spectator.
At the Interface. Studies in Liminality and Literature