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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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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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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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Would a question about how science writers/journalists deal with a particular misnomeric technical term be on-topic at Literature?

Would this question be on topic here? Should journalists be pointing out that “coronavirus spike” and “coronavirus spike protein” are misnomers when they use the terms? It has nothing to do with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should recommendation questions be on-topic?

The previous incarnation of Literature SE included a lot of recommendation questions. I don't have any specific examples to hand from that site, but typical book recommendation questions might look ...
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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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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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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 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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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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What do we do with science fiction and fantasy?

It may happen that someone asks a question about some work of science fiction. It may be about a character, plot, or even a story-ID question. What do we do then? Migrate to Science Fiction and ...
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Can questions asking for list of list on-topic? [duplicate]

(The title is clumsy. I appreciate any help on making it better.) The question I'm about to ask may be classified as a recommendation question, therefore it may be closed. However, since it can be ...
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What do we think about story identification?

I guess it's appropriate to start with the elephant in the room - story identification questions. Should they be on-topic here? In particular, what can we learn from the previous iteration of the ...
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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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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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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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Are songs and poems on-topic?

This question arose from this answer. It can be argued that songs and poems can be considered literature. Heck, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his songwriting. I wouldn't say that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about the process of creating specific literary works on-topic?

Just to be clear, I'm NOT talking about generic "how to write" questions; that would be on-topic on writers.SE (and imho should be off-topic here). I mean things like: What did this specific ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...