Death and Money in the Afternoon: A History of Spanish Bullfighting

Death and Money in the Afternoon: A History of Spanish Bullfighting

by Adrian Shubert

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195095241
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/01/1999
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Adrian Shubert is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at York University, Toronto, Canada. Named a Comendador de la Orden de Merito Civil by King Juan Carlos, Shubert is author of The Land and People of Spain, A Social History of Modern Spain, and Spain at War. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1.Business17
2.Bullfighters53
3.Gender91
4.Crowds115
5.Regulation147
6.Politics181
Epilogue: The Death of Manolete215
Appendix A219
Appendix B222
Notes225
Selected References255
Index261

What People are Saying About This

Paul Preston

Adrian Shubert's book on bullfighting is a major contribution to the social history of modern Spain but it is also much more—a scholarly, witty and endlessly fascinating book which helps us understand many of the enigmas of the recent Spanish past.
—(Paul Preston, Principe de Asturias Chair of Contemporary Spanish History and Director of the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, London School of Economics. Author of Franco: A Biography, The Triumph of Democracy in Spain and The Coming of the Spanish Civil War)

Carolyn Boyd

An original and persuasive interpretation of an institution that has been intimately identified with Spanish society by Spaniards and foreigners alike for more than two centuries. Drawing on archivl evidence, travelers' accounts, trade journals, and legislative and political sources, as well as from the massive secondary literature, Adrian Shubert argues that, as an early and highly successful example of a commercialized leisure activity, the bullfight was `one of the most modern things in Spain' in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is an engaging work of social history that will be of interest to general readers as well as specialists in the field.
—(Carolyn Boyd, Chair and Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin)

Richard Kagan

A remarkable and wholy successful book. Offering a new interpretation of this most Spanish of Spanish pastimes, Shubert liberates the corrida from the machismo attributed by Hemingway and other foreign writers. In a word, capitalism is in, romanticism out, as Shubert, examining the business-side of the corrida, rightly sees bullfighting as a pioneer institution in the commercialization of leisure and sport. In doing so, moreover, Shubert alters the traditional view of Spain as a country out of step with modernity itself. Lucidly written, this book—like the bullfight itself—deserves a wide audience.
—(Richard Kagan, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University)

Stanley Payne

Shubert's study is a delight. This is clearly the best one-volume social history of the classic bullfight available in any language.
—(Stanley Payne, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

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