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Would a question about the philosophical underpinnings of Ozymandias be off topic?

I had a recent, valid question put on hold, (with some pedantic comments) but it seemed to raise a larger question about the scope of literature. Essentially, the people who closed the question are ...
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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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Is it on-topic to ask for help finding the source of a quote?

I have found a quote attributed to an author, but I have been unable to locate the source of the quote. Is it on-topic to ask for help identifying the source? In case it makes a difference, the quote ...
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What should our policy be on questions copied from ongoing contests?

EDIT: not a duplicate of Policy on questions based on homework or tests (which I was clearly well aware of, having answered it myself), since that question was about "homework"-type questions, without ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for the year of publication of a given work?

With standalone novels, the year of publication is easy to find out. But I have found that with short stories or poems, who are always part of a collection, it can be difficult finding out when they ...
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Can I ask which program to use to order my library?

I know it looks off-topic, on the other hand people interested in literature tend to have vast libraries so they met the same problem I am facing now: how to find a book out of the 12k books in my ...
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Are questions about teaching literature on topic?

The site's current description on Area 51 says, Q&A site for scholars and enthusiasts of literature This is a broad description, but just to be sure, I would like to know whether questions ...
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Is this on-topic for Literature SE?

I posted this question on ELU SE to much uproar (it is now on-hold), so I asked why it was being closed, on ELU Meta and they seem to suggest I migrate it to Literature SE. Would my original question ...
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How do I ask homework questions on Literature Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Mainly copied from https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/714/7433 What is the policy on asking homework questions on Literature Stack Exchange? What kinds of questions are considered homework ...
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Expand the on-topic guide

The on-topic guide includes the following items: Questions about how to interpret a specific scene, quote, theme, plot point, etc. in a work of literature. Specific questions about the ...
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Should synopsis requests be on-topic?

I came across this Close Votes review and couldn't work out what to do with it. On the one hand, asking for a summary of a specific book is perfectly answerable and not likely to lead to ridiculously ...
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Are questions about music on-topic (part 2)?

This site has recently received four questions about music that go beyond looking looking at the lyrics, and ask about the sound music makes: Is Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" ...
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What are the rules for asking about song lyrics?

The community consensus is that song lyrics are on topic. I agree with this policy 100% - this could be a great "draw" for the site, too, because it seems like there's a dearth of quality information ...
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Are comic identifications on topic?

Are comic-identification questions on-topic? (I asked one, and created a tag for it - should it be tagged story-identification?) When tagging comics, should we have a tag for the writer and a tag for ...
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Are questions on authors' personalities and/or recent activities on topic?

I was curious about two topics: why is Bill Watterson so reclusive and what's he been doing for the last 20 years since he stopped writing Calvin and Hobbes? Are those appropriate questions for this ...
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Are questions regarding digital recordings of theatre productions on-topic?

There is a recording of the performance of Waiting for Godot by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart online at the National Art Library. Is it on-topic to ask how to access that recording, if at all ...
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Are trivia questions about authors on-topic?

A question has been posted recently with the following title: Asimov Chair of Books And the following body: Am I crazy, or was there once a photo circulating the internet of Isaac Asimov sitting ...
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Should this XKCD question be closed, and why?

What were the original two results for 'died in a blogging accident'? This question about an XKCD comic currently has three votes to close, and Hamlet♦ has left a comment saying he'd be happy ...
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Would questions about the Bible be on-topic? [duplicate]

In reference to this comment on Area 51: @AChildofGod Ah yes, sorry; that was a no to "Bible Answers" too. Incidentally, if you're looking for more of fact book for answers about the bible as a ...
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References on specific pieces of literature

Is asking for references to criticism/essays/articles/etc. relating to a specific piece of literature on topic here? I went ahead and asked such a question on the main site: Is there much critical ...
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Could /help/on-topic be filled in?

I am new to this site and wanted to check what's considered on-topic. So I went to the /help/on-topic page and found it's just the boilerplate text with no real information. As mentioned I'm not ...
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Are questions about scientific papers on-topic here?

I recently asked a question about a scientific paper (Why is the Turing Test really a test about gender?), which got closed for being off-topic. However, I would argue that the question is on-topic, ...
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Are questions about details of translation of a book on topic?

Example question I had in mind: In this answer edit, someone changed my translation of a word "арбалет" from "arbalest" to "crossbow". In the context of translating the book ("Hard to be a God,...
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Are questions about writing techniques on topic here?

When we write questions on this site, are we allowed to ask questions on writing techniques? Research: According to Area 51: Beta Q&A site for scholars and enthusiasts of literature....
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Does Oral-Literature count as literature here?

I got into a small discussion with Hamlet (site mod), over this answer of mine. In the comments Hamlet said: Oral literature counts as literature. Just because people don't write things down doesn'...
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Should questions about speeches by authors be on-topic?

I recently answered this question: Did Twain mean the coin should be enlarged or not? But after answering it, I began to wonder what it actually has to do with literature. It's about a speech given by ...
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Would a question about the relationship between a book and its video game be on topic?

Let us take the book series TombQuest, by Michael Northrop. This book series is published by Scholastic, and they have a website for it. This series is a multiplatform, which means that there is a ...
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Are the lyrics of a poem / song on topic? [duplicate]

Precise situation is this: there's an old Christian song (1870's) for which there are a couple popular lyric versions. I would like, if possible, to determine which one is the original. Several ...
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Are questions about author's personal opinions on-topic?

I recently asked the question What is C. S. Lewis' opinion about homosexuality?. The question was closed as being off-topic. Are questions about authors' personal opinions on-topic or off-topic?
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What are the rules for resource requests?

It seems like a lot of other sites on the Stack Exchange network tend to discourage (or outright ban) requests for off-site resources (tutorial or book recommendations, etc.). I didn't see anything ...
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Does our site scope include libraries?

Libraries are treasuries for literary works. But are they on-topic at Lit.SE? I think good questions about libraries can be asked: What is the largest library in Europe? How do libraries store ...
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Does our site scope include literary awards, events, and news?

These are topics that are very much linked to the field of literature - but they're ancillary, not directly about the books and the actual body of work. For example, questions about literary awards: ...
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When are reading-order questions on topic?

The purpose of this question is to get a clear policy about reading-order questions. There have been instances where reading order questions have been closed because "there doesn't seem to be any ...
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Are these questions about literature award, libraries and literature events, on-topic? [duplicate]

I was thinking of a question related to Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature as follows: What impacts did Bob Dylan make in American Song culture that he was awarded a Nobel Prize for ...
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To ask interpretation of a specific poem, what form of question is recommended

I have still not very well understood the site rules, and there is no guide. Since poetry is inherently vague (it might even be desired), is it "non-constructive" or "not considered a good question" ...
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Is a question asking about the real-life inspiration for ALL characters in a book too broad?

Would a question that asks for the inspirations for all or any character in a book be considered too broad? There is some precedent for questions that appear to have done that, and have not been ...
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Is it on topic to ask about events not specifically covered in a book?

I read a book in which there is a short epilogue many years after the events of the main story. I want to know if it is acceptable to ask questions about what happened in the interim. As the book ...
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Who are the experts? Not us. We've grown a philosophical bezoar - let's work this through!

Buckle up, this is gonna be a journey. We're pretty early into the site's existence. Things are rolling along nicely. We're hanging around a whopping 45 questions a day, and we've got the rocky ...
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Are questions about the themes of a work Too Broad?

I asked the following question on the main site: What are the themes in I, Robot?, and as such it has been closed as Too Broad. I have conflicted feelings on this, because on the one hend yes, there ...
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Is this site focused on Literature Analysis or literature in general?

There seems to be two conflicting opinions about the purpose and scope of the site that I trace in Meta (and Area51) discussions and comments. Is this site focused on Literature Analysis as its ...
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What kinds of mythological questions are on topic?

Understanding the context and influences of certain pieces of literature requires understanding the mythology of the culture it came out of. So I would think some questions about mythology should be ...
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Is the author's personal experience as it relates to a book on-topic?

The question, https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/734/did-the-events-of-the-last-of-the-light-brigade-actually-occur was voted to be closed. It was specifically asking about the experiences ...
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How does one write a good question about influences?

One of the fun parts of analyzing creative works (at least, for me) is to trace the influences prior works and especially ideas have on later creators and creations. How does one write a good ...
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Why are questions about censorship on-topic? [duplicate]

We've had several questions come up about why certain books are censored or banned in certain regions of the world. While this is interesting, I don't see how it actually relates to the study of ...
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Please, let's develop our scope, not force it

Coming fresh of another private beta I'm looking a bit worried on some of the meta posts over here. For starters I'll quote what has also been pinned in our chat, what Robert Cartaino the director of ...
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Should questions asking for the availability of a translation be on-topic?

Certain shopping questions might not be about shopping at all. For instance, questions asking whether a particular work has ever been translated to a particular language. One example is this ...
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Should questions asking about availability of a specific book be on-topic?

Current example of such a question is Could I have purchased this Mongolian phrasebook while I was in Australia? As far as my understanding goes, it's asking whether it was possible to purchase a ...
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Are operas considered literature on this site?

I am asking specifically about the plots or stories of the works (rather than the music). Example question about an opera: Had people related the work of Gogol before "The Nose"?
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Should we allow questions about religious texts?

Science-Fiction & Fantasy has a policy of excluding all religious texts. This makes sense because SFF is about fiction, and stating that a particular religious text is fictional is pretty ...
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Should questions with sexual topics even be allowed?

This recent question deals with a sexual topic, and I'm wondering whether these (embarrassing?) questions should even be allowed. Of course Literature is full of this sort of topic, but should we let ...