Chapter 5 A Belated Arrival: Flemish Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writing

In: Immigrant and Ethnic-Minority Writers since 1945
Sarah De Mul
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Belgian Neerlandophone immigrant writing generally started to flourish only in the 2000s and has principally been led by second-generation Moroccan-origin authors. Research about immigrant and ethnic-minority writing, which to date is equally a borderline phenomenon, is influenced by two external traditions: research on Dutch immigrant writing and postcolonial feminist theory. Although state-sponsored efforts have been made to stimulate the burgeoning careers of ethnic-minority writers (rather than, for example, rendering the literary field structurally more inclusive), the success of these efforts seems rather limited whereas, in recent years, various literary and artistic projects were initiated by ethnic-minority artists, curators and authors outside of the established structures of the literary field. Taken together, ethnic-minority and immigrant writing and its scholarship promises to continue to develop as a steady, though thus far still rather submerged, literary trend in Flanders.

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