The early reception of Hill of Fools

Wright, L.S. (2004) The early reception of Hill of Fools. English in Africa, 31 (2). pp. 105-120. ISSN 0376-8902




The early reception of Peteni’s novel is interesting because it illustrates the mind-sets and critical assumptions of those who first mediated the novel to different readerships. The book initially caused little stir either in South Africa or abroad, and it has made its way quietly in later years in no small part due to support from set-work prescription committees, and its translation into other media, radio and television. A one-off novel by an unknown writer is unlikely to gather critical momentum in international discussion, and the book has been more often noticed in academic studies focused on the Xhosa novel, some of which barely register that the work was first written in English. However, today it is certainly among the novels most widely-read by ordinary South Africans, not only those from the Eastern Cape, but for among many throughout the country who encountered it at school.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Professor Laurence Wright is Director and Head of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords:Lionel Abrahams; Guy Butler; Elaine Durbach; Stephen Gray; R.L. Peteni; Hill of Fools; Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet; Charles R. Larson; Charles Swaffham; Brian Worsfold; M.M. Mahood; cultural traditions; Xhosa culture; apartheid; regional novels; Eastern Cape; South Africa
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1111
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:30 Sep 2008
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