The running of bulls

Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Dan Wakefield

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

James W. Hall

Third Advisor's Name

Maneck Daruwala

Date of Defense



THE RUNNING OF BULLS is a collection of short fiction. The book has seven tales, each of which explores the passions that bind, and sometimes, separate men. The stories question the roles of men as they try to reconcile masculine values such as honor, courage, and friendship, in a world where traditional social prerogatives sometimes clash with the contemporary evolution of the culture.

The characters range from a young boy lured into his first sexual experience in the story "Maria," to an aging matador seeking vengeance on his protege in "The Running of Bulls," and a drug-dependant police officer on a quest for salvation in "Esperanza."

The plots are linear, told in lyrical prose, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's in All the Pretty Horses, his novel of a young man coming of age. The theme of men being tested, both emotionally and physically, is central to the core of the book.



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