I had forgotten that there was a Dutch blasphemy law. There used be one in the UK (that protected Christians only) and this was superseded by universal laws against discrimination and incitement to hatred. There is still one in Ireland.
It would be difficult to lecture in the history of literature if it were necessary to avoid ‘religious sensibilities being hurt’ (quotation from newspaper article – this may not be the wording of the law). Many of the texts on the English syllabus have been objected to at one time or another. W. B. Yeats, who seems very respectable (he was Irish, he was a Senator, he won the Nobel Prize for literature, he wrote difficult poems), wrote various works that might be considered blasphemous (and that I suppose I’d better not quote).
CS Lewis’s literary legacy: ‘dodgy and unpleasant’ or ‘exceptionally good’? It’s 50 years since CS Lewis died. His legacy encompasses far more than just Narnia – Rowan Williams, AS Byatt, Philip Pullman and others give their thoughts on his body of work.
The Keuzegids Universiteiten (Guide to Dutch Universities) is published annually by the Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie (Centre for Higher Education Information) and is intended for secondary school pupils and counsellors who want to find out more about further and higher education. It has selected English at Groningen as the best degree programme of its type in the Netherlands.