'n Vergelykende studie van Die eerste siklus deur Etienne Leroux en Die avonture van Pieter Francken deur Jaco Fouché
Thesis (MA (Afrikaans and Dutch))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.
This study compares Etienne Leroux’s Die eerste siklus and Jaco Fouché’s Die avonture van Pieter Francken. In Chapter 1, similarities between their works, as discussed by critics in reviews and articles, are examined. The different theories that exist about the field of comparative literature are also discussed, and a theory is formulated which can be applied to this study. Aspects of the novels that are going to be discussed are also set out. Chapter 2 deals with the socio-political as well as the literary-historical contexts in which Leroux and Fouché published their work. In the case of the socio-political context, a distinction is made between the time and place in which the works were published, and the context in which the narration of the novels are set. Chapter 3 deals with the figure of the outsider. The outsider figures in the novels are identified and compared to each other. Chapter 4 deals with the way in which the traditional knight tales function as an inter-text and how some of the characters are portrayed as the Jungian archetype of the “knight” or “hero”. In the conclusion the main points of the comparison are brought together.