While neighbouring regions boast more established traditions of EuroAfrican creative writing, Flanders, Belgium's Dutch-speaking region, has only just begun to see publications by authors of African origin. The author endeavours to account for this relatively late emergence of Flemish-African writing by examining the publishing circumstances in Flanders. While mainly non-fiction was published initially, recently established writing contests and short-story collections dedicated to new talent are encouraging `new Flemings', especially young women of Moroccan descent, to venture onto the Flemish literary scene. Special attention is paid to the milestone event of the 2005 publication of Chika Unigwe's De Feniks, the first book-length work of fiction by an African author in Flanders. R U N N I N G J O K E A B O U T B E L G I U M asks one to name famous Belgians. Although the humorous question begs no answer, national pride invariably obliges me to refer the joker to the Flemish 1 This article is an expanded version of a paper presented at the African Literature Association's annual conference on "Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century: Generations in Creative Dialogue," in Accra, Ghana, May 2006. I wish to thank the participants in
Matatu – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
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