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Title: De omgang van de rechtspraak met literatuur in België aan de hand van Jef Geeraerts' Black Venus
Author(s): GRÜTTEMEIER, Ralf
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 55 Issue: 1 Date: 2013
If one looks at the presentation in literary histories, the way jurisdiction deals with literature seems to have quite a number of similarities in the Netherlands and Flanders: while the North had the juridical actions against Hermans and Reve, the South had those against Claus and Geeraerts. Still, the political and juridical elites of Flanders are generally presented as more conservative and more repressive. But is this really the case? The present article will deal with the question whether there exists in Flanders, too, something like an exceptional position for literature (exceptio artis) in jurisprudence. As a case study, the juridical action around Jef Geeraerts’ novel Black Venus is taken. After a detailed reconstruction of the events, the action shall be framed in a broader political and juridical context. It turns out that the existing image in literary histories is up for revision.