Discusses the influence of Hemingway’s lifelong fascination with bullfighting on his writing, providing historical and cultural context for the sport’s evolution and Hemingway’s changing attitudes. Finds Death in the Afternoon particularly rich in its investigation of various matadors’ personalities and attributes, structures of bullfighting performance, and political and social contexts. Also draws on The Dangerous Summer, The Sun Also Rises, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Moddelmog, Debra A. and Suzanne del Gizzo, eds. Ernest Hemingway in Context. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2013.