A Flemish Reading of Multilingualism in Chika Unigwe’s Fiction

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In this paper I offer a case study of the multilingual practices of Flemish-Nigerian writer Chika Unigwe, both in terms of publishing her writing and in terms of the literary strategies she used within her writing. To support my discussion of the former I will situate her writing in its broader contexts of diasporic African writing in general and of Dutch-language literature by authors of African descent. In my discussion of the latter I offer a comparison of multilingualism in the English original of her second novel On Black Sisters' Street (2009) and in its Dutch translation (Fata Morgana, 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2012
EventChallenging the Myth of Monologingualism - Universiteit Leiden , Leiden, Netherlands
Duration: 23 May 201224 May 2012


ConferenceChallenging the Myth of Monologingualism


  • multilingualism
  • Chika Unigwe
  • African literature in Flanders, Belgium
  • diasporic African literature
  • On Black Sisters' Street
  • The Phoenix


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