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Title:The cultural politics of adaptation: 'Fools' and the politics of gender
Author:Mngadi, Sikhumbuzo
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas (ISSN 1754-923X)
Geographic term:South Africa
social change
About person:Ramadan SulemanISNI
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jac/2015/00000007/00000001/art00002
Abstract:The shifts in the priorities of literary and cultural theory and criticism were already underway in the South African academy by the end of the 1980s, with the gathering momentum of the mass political movement reaching its apotheosis with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990. There was a steady acknowledgement of the necessity for a corresponding shift in the discursive character of the creative arts. Ramadan Suleman's film 'Fools', which appeared in 1997 as an adaptation of Njabulo Ndebele's 1983 novella by the same title, entered the fray with its argument for a new or, as it were, broader consciousness of the deeper, more complex legacy of 'sexual violence'. This legacy included the weak 'place of women in the everyday life of the township' (Suleman 1995: 1), and indeed in the very idea of 'the everyday' that some in literary and cultural circles sought to inscribe. This article provides an assessment of the nature and extent of the film's intervention in the context of the systematic breakdown of the old certainties of race, identity and nation post-apartheid, together with the literary-critical cultures and apparatuses that presided over their coherences and raptures. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]