Politics, latent and overt, in Hill of Fools

Wright, L.S. (2004) Politics, latent and overt, in Hill of Fools. English in Africa, 31 (2). pp. 55-71. ISSN 0376-8902

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[From the text]: R. L. Peteni’s novel Hill of Fools (1976) is a work that benefits greatly when Collingwood’s maxim is observed. The author’s family history and the circumstances surrounding the book’s publication add a dimension of political and social meaning which its surface deliberately occludes. Perhaps more importantly, while the story can readily be enjoyed, the quality of sensibility behind the work is not readily accessed without understanding some of the socio-political background.

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
Uncontrolled Keywords:R.L. Peteni; Hill of Fools; South African literature; Thembu; Tribal conflicts; Tribalism; Xhosa culture; Political protest; Cultural traditions; English fiction; apartheid; Bantustans; Keiskammahoek; Ciskei; Eastern Cape; South Africa
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Africa, Eastern Asia, Oceania > African languages and literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1700
Deposited On:23 May 2010 16:38
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