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Announcing the April–May 2021 topic challenge: Gargantua and Pantagruel

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the April–...
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Where can I find glossaries of literary, poetic and rhetorical terms?

Many questions on Literature Stack Exchange ask about literary devices. Where can question askers (or answerers) find resources about literary, poetic and rhetorical terms?
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How do we ensure that questions on this site attract scholars and enthusiasts?

Intro: Building our Community Our tour says that we aim to be "a question and answer site for scholars and enthusiasts of literature." I'm definitely an enthusiast, and I have a fair bit of ...
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Announcing the March–April 2021 topic challenge: Mem and Zin (Mam û Zîn)

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the March–...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Announcing the February–March 2021 topic challenge: Os Lusíadas / The Lusiads

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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How do we deal with tags in composite works such as the Bible?

A recent question from Tsundoku about the Bhagavad Geeta led me to think about how we tag works whose component parts themselves can be regarded as independent works. The Bhagavad Geeta is a small ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2020

Here's the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, intended to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to showcase our site. ...
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Promote our site and earn a Booster badge or a Publicist badge!

Stack Exchange awards badges to people who promote our site. The Announcer badge is awarded to anyone who shares a link to a question that is later visited by 25 unique IP addresses. The Booster ...
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What to do with identification request answers that are confirmed to be inaccurate?

Suppose a question that is an identification request gets answered, and the OP then confirms that it is not the title they were looking for. (case in point: https://literature.stackexchange.com/a/...
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Are there literature forums for discussing literature in general?

Are there literature forums for discussing literature in general, rather than ones focused on questions and answer? I like asking questions a lot, but don't expect the answers to come with the ...
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Announcing the January–February 2021 topic challenge: Theodor Fontane

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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Why were my questions about two books by Cornelius Ryan on war not answered?

I posted questions about two books that are written by Cornelius Ryan, but they were not answered or commented upon. The questions appear as "recently deleted questions", because now they ...
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Proposal: rename [story-identification] to [identification-request]

One of the top tags on this site is story-identification, with over 400 questions to date. Such questions are on-topic here: a literature site is the most likely to have well-read people with the ...
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Announcing the December 2020–January 2021 topic challenge: literary theory

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature: Louise Glück

This is not exactly a meta question, but an announcement that may be of interest to our community. Earlier today, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Louise Glück for the following ...
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Synonymise tags such as french-literature and portuguese-literature with tags such as francophone-literature, lusophone-literature etc?

The highest-voted answer to the question Do we need such broad tags on questions about specific works? (+13, -3) proposed that we use tags such as russian-literature for literary works written in ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2020

Here's the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to people ...
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Announcing the November–December 2020 topic challenge: Ko Un

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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Websites to ask for specific book recommendations [duplicate]

Are there any websites designed for asking real people for specific book recommendations? I know there are websites where you can enter your reading preferences and have an algorithm give you ...
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Should dictionaries be on-topic?

Recently two questions about dictionaries have been posted here: Is the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) a descriptive dictionary? Has there ever been an African-American Vernacular English dictionary?...
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Announcing the October–November 2020 topic challenge: Rabindranath Tagore

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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Rule for selecting a topic challenge among those with the same number of votes

Each month we select a new topic challenge that will start one month later and run for two months. Usually, the next topic challenge is simply based on which suggestion has the highest number of votes ...
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Do we want a migration path from ELU?

A lot of questions are posted and closed on English Language & Usage SE, including some which are asking about the meaning in context of some passage in a novel/poem/story and which would be ...
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Guidelines for migration from Science Fiction & Fantasy

I'm putting together an effort on Science Fiction & Fantasy to give users guidance for when they should migrate1 a question from SFF to a different site on the network. Literature has a decent ...
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Suggestion: a popular culture/pop cul tag be added

I visited the Reading Room for the first time today and tossed in my two cents about the fate of manga, comics, and manhua. It then occurred to me that there is no popular-culture but there should be. ...
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Are questions about non-famous works and authors (English or a foreign language) on-topic here?

Well, asking and answering about well-known English and foreign-language literature work is frequent here; English works need no explanation, but those famous foreign works have been translated into ...
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questions which are excerpts from war and books.of detection

If I post questions that are excerpts from war books and which are not intelligible to me, will these questions be accepted and answered? Are questions asked from detective stories and thrillers well ...
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Announcing the September–October 2020 topic challenge: Nick Joaquin

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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Should we have an [unreliable-narrator] tag?

So, I recently asked a question about whether a specific character could be considered an "unreliable narrator." I did notice that we now have a number of questions about this. That being ...
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Is there a list of comment templates available?

I have often seen our moderators leave detailed and helpful comments, usually to new users. Some examples from the front page right now: Hi and welcome to Literature Stack Exchange. I have noticed ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2020

Here's the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to people. ...
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Announcing the August–September 2020 topic challenge: the Shahnameh

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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Are questions asking to critique the OP's work on topic?

We recently received a question about a haiku-like poem written by the OP. Formally, the question seemed to ask for interpretations of the poem, but it also asked what the effect would be of replacing ...
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Should the close/reopen vote threshold be lowered from 5 to 3?

German Language SE has been discussing whether they should have only three close votes instead of five to close questions. Stack Overflow lowered the close/reopen vote threshold from 5 to 3 in ...
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Announcing the July–August 2020 topic challenge: The Tale of Genji

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the July–...
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Should we get rid of specific genre tags for good?

About a month back, I've decided to dedicate more time into Literature SE, and have contributed to editing (and still editing) many of the tag excerpt wikis. I've learned a lot about community ...
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Announcing the June–July reading challenge: Korean Folklore

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the June–...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Literature's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Announcing the May–June 2020 topic challenge: Guy de Maupassant

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the May–...
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

Topic challenges for Literature SE were first proposed and enacted in March 2017. The motivation for these, as well as to bring our users together in a community activity of reading the same books or ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election [duplicate]

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Announcing the April–May 2020 topic challenge: The Stranger / Meursault

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months that overlap by one month, it is time to announce the April–...
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Announcing a pro-tempore election!

Literature SE is to have its first moderator election! Beginning on 13 April, users may nominate themselves to fill one of the two pro-tempore moderator slots available. The timeline is like this: ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2020

Here's the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to people. ...
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Are we ready to say what's on topic?

The ‘What topics can I ask about here?’ section in the Help Centre currently apologises for being unable to say what is on topic: Unfortunately, we haven't been around for that long and therefore don'...
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Announcing the March–April 2020 topic challenge: R. K. Narayan

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months that overlap by one month, it is time to announce the March–...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2019

Here's the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to people. ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2019

So apparently I forgot this in October, due to too much other stuff going on on Stack Exchange. Here's the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some ...
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Announcing the February–March 2020 topic challenge: Haruki Murakami

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months that overlap by one month, it is time to announce the February–...

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