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Announcing the August–September 2021 topic challenge: Munshi Premchand

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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Announcing the September–October 2021 topic challenge: Belarusian Literature

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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Do we want accepted answers on our site to be unpinned from the top?

Currently, accepted answers are always pinned at the top of the list of answers, regardless whether you sort them by "Active", "Oldest" or "Votes". You can see this for ...
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What do we think about answers-in-comments for recommendation questions?

I've been mulling over this for a while myself, ever since I saw this comment, on a question asking for recommendations for poetry like "The Raven": A couple of ideas: "The Pied Piper ...
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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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Announcing the July–August 2021 topic challenge: Magda Szabó

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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Announcing the October–November 2021 topic challenge: Jorge Amado

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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Tag for Old English literature

There is no tag for English literature or Old English literature. If the former will not be added because it would fit most questions on this site, I'd propose the latter be added, as a tag limited in ...
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Announcing the June–July 2021 topic challenge: Old English literature

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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Do we want to tag questions by the titles of books (part 2)?

Early in the beta, community member Beastly Gerbil started a meta conversation titled Should we be tagging questions with the names of specific books?. So far, we generally have been tagging questions ...
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Picking up my diamond once again

In October 2019, I stepped down as a moderator on this site. At the time, the environment in the network and especially in moderator spaces was extremely toxic; I stepped down because I no longer felt ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2021

Rather late, but 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 ...
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Announcing the May–June 2021 topic challenge: the Mahabharata and its adaptations

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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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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Is 'Did Eric Clapton name his dog after Dr. Dolittle's Pooch?' on-topic for a literature site?

Is Did Eric Clapton name his dog after Dr. Dolittle's Pooch? on-topic here? I was reading Are questions about authors on-topic? and the only answer, which is at +18 votes states: I would say that ...
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Are questions about different editions of a book on topic?

I am going to link this to an example question on the site, if the consensus is that it is off-topic I will remove the example question. Are questions about differences between editions (in reason) on ...
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Audience-specific texts for our "recommendation request" custom close reason

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. One of the changes was to introduce audience-specific texts for custom close reasons, so that the OP, close ...
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What kinds of non-work-specific literary-device questions are on-topic?

The question which led to this one: Can "women echoed" be considered a figure of speech? Its topicality has been debated in the comments, so I'm bringing this to meta. What kinds of general ...
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Are questions about translations in general on-topic?

This was prompted by this question: Does a translation editor need to know the language of the source document? Recently, a question was asked about the editing / translation process of a work in ...
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Tags for both [publishing] and [publication]?

We have the following two tags which, at least from their names, seem pretty similar: publishing, 12 questions Questions about current or historical practices in publishing. publication, 11 ...
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List of bounties with no deadline

One of the problems on Stack Exchange sites is that questions don't always receive good answers. While unanswered questions are easy to find, this is not the case with questions that have one or more ...
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Should the [character-analysis] tag be used to ask about physical traits?

A chat discussion about this Wuthering Heights question raised the question of the scope of the character-analysis tag. The tag wiki excerpt says: Questions relating to the analysis of characters in ...
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Are questions about war books, detective stories, or thrillers accepted here?

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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Replace [narrator] tag with [point-of-view]?

We currently have a tag narrator that as of today has 21 questions associated with it. The tag wiki excerpt says: Questions related to the concept of "narrator" in literature, i.e. the &...
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Let's choose an example question for the Tour (restrictions can be lifted)

Our site Tour features an example question to show how the Stack Exchange system works. Currently, it's set to the default post about preventing unicorns from eating daisies (spoiler: not a real Q&...
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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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Are questions about authors on-topic?

Are questions about authors on-topic, or just their works? For example, asking about authors' lives, motivations, interviews, or anything relating to their work.
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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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How should we deal with authors who use pseudonyms?

We currently have tags for a few authors (or groups of authors) that wrote under pseudonyms, such as lemony-snicket and franklin-w-dixon. In the case of Snicket, the author has written other works ...
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How should we tag questions about song lyrics?

Currently, we have a number of song-lyrics questions. Currently, all of them are tagged with [song-lyrics] and the name of the artist who wrote the song. Should we also include a tag for the specific ...
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A Question about ‘List Questions’

This question about works using the second person has been closed as Off-Topic. In comments, opinions have been offered that the question is open-ended to many answers And could result in a list ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2017

This post is a continuation of the grand old tradition of gathering collections of particularly good Literature Q&A, so that we have some easily available links to show off to people. Now that ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2021

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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Are questions about performance on-topic?

A while ago, I asked the question Why is Richard portrayed without a hunchback in the 1955 Laurence Olivier adaptation of Richard III? That question has now attracted three close votes. The comment ...
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Do either/both of these two questions fall under our "recommendations" close reason?

Two recent questions have been flagged for closure as recommendation requests but (at the time of writing) have not actually been closed: Have there been any works of literature featuring the ...
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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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Announcing the November 2018 topic challenge: the Kalevala

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month, it's time to announce the next topic ...
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Submit your literature reviews to our Tumblr!

Most of you probably aren't aware that Literature.SE has an unofficial Tumblr blog, called One Minute Reviews. This is supposed to be where Literature.SE users can submit short reviews of basically ...
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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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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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What types of non-fiction are on topic?

Having read the current tour the "ask / don't ask" is short and vague. Now I would expect that since we are currently in private beta. However, to me a big definition on scope would be a ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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