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Belgian literature

the body of written works produced by Belgians and written in standard Netherlandic (called Dutch when it is spoken in The Netherlands and Flemish in Belgium), in standard French, or in Walloon dialects. While Flemish and French are the two main divisions of literature by language, to these may be added the literature of Walloon, which is written in local dialects of French and Latin origin that are spoken in Wallonia (the provinces of Hainaut, Liege, Namur, Luxembourg, and Walloon Brabant). Flemish literature is often discussed with Dutch literature and Belgium's French-language literature with other French literature. Only the French- and Flemish-language literatures of Belgium are discussed in this article.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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