After a lot of different questions about the issue of tags based on languages and/or countries, we eventually came to the conclusion that tags such as russian-literature are useful even on questions about specific works; furthermore, we also clarified that such tags should refer to languages and not countries or cultures, since the latter can sometimes be much harder to define.
However, there's an important special case still unresolved. In all of these discussions, we've made an exception, implicitly or explicitly, for works of literature written in English. The question Should we have language-specific tags (excluding one for English)? (which I've now voted to close as a dupe, by the way) has the caveat right there in the title, and my answer here also deliberately skirts around the issue of English-language literature.
However, we now have an american-literature tag with 16 questions, so perhaps it's time to actually have this debate and work out what we want. As I see it, there are three options:
- use a english-literature tag for all questions about literature in the English language;
- use tags like american-literature and australian-literature for different English-speaking subcultures;
- don't tag English-language questions at all, with the implicit assumption that if a question about a book doesn't have a language tag, then it was written in English.