Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-5829
  • E-ISSN: 2352-118X



Until recently very little was known about the reception in the Netherlands of the French novelist J.-K. Huysmans (1848-1907), an “inexplicable amalgam of a Parisian aesthete and a Dutch painter” as he called himself. When scholars referred to this question, they did so in a very circumstantial way and hence created several misunderstandings: in the Dutch Catholic press for example, critics hardly showed any interest in J.-K. Huysmans’ later, post-conversion writings. This article seeks to rectify this impression and, to this end, uses a case study to clarify this issue: , one of the major Catholic journals in the Netherlands at the turn of the century, almost systematically reviewed the latter part of Huysmans’ oeuvre.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): conversion; De Katholiek; J.-K. Huysmans; reception
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