Hill of Fools: notes towards a publishing history

Wright, L.S. (2004) Hill of Fools: notes towards a publishing history. English in Africa, 31 (2). pp. 43-54. ISSN 0376-8902




Written in English in the early 70s, Hill of Fools was projected into the market for world literature among distinguished company in the Heinemann African Writers Series (HAWS), at a time when expectations for African writing in English reflected a certain orthodoxy; when the book’s origins in apartheid South Africa pressed certain ‘buttons’ in world readerships, and when the country’s increasing cultural isolation meant that even relatively well-versed literary Africanists were less than familiar with the milieu from which the story springs. The result has been that the novel acquired a rather odd penumbra of interpretation, ranging from the naïve to the dismissive or reductive.

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Additional Information:Professor Laurence Wright is Director and Head of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA), Rhodes University
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hill of Fools; R.L. Peteni; Guy Butler; Lionel Abrahams; James Currey; Heinemann; African Writer's Series; Ros de lanerolle; John Nagenda; Richard Rive; apartheid; cultural traditions; Xhosa culture; political protest; political significance; South African literature; Ciskei; Eastern Cape; South Africa
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1106
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:29 Sep 2008
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