Bulls, Art, Mithras, and Montherlant
Links the artistry of the writer with the artistry of the matador and spectacle of the corrida. Stoltzfus focuses on Hemingway’s desire in Death in the Afternoon and The Dangerous Summer to give permanency to the impermanent artistry of performance in the bullring. Compares Hemingway’s treatment of the bullfight to Henry de Montherlant’s bullfighting works. Identifies the French writer’s incorporation of the ancient Roman cult of Mithraism, which engaged in the ritual killing of bulls, as notably absent in Hemingway’s writings on the same topic.