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Towards women’s writing, censorship would seem to have been relatively rare. In this database, for the moment (the subject has not been studied for itself), the main examples are novels by George Sand having been put on the Roman Catholic Index. The fact is relevant for the Dutch Sand reception history, given the polemics between Dutch Catholics and Protestants about one of her novels, Mademoiselle La Quintinie.

An interesting Dutch case – well known nowadays – is the attitude of Belle de Zuylen’s father retiring from commerce all copies of his daughter’s novelistic pamphlet (or pamphlet-like novel?) Le Noble (1763). This case will probably not prove to be the only one.

SvD, September 2007

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