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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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Literature is graduating on December 16th!

All of your hard work has paid off: We're officially graduating! The Community Managers have confirmed that as part of their ongoing work on site lifecycles, as of December 16, Literature.SE will be ...
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Please include descriptions of your images

One Stack Exchange website on which I'm active has an ongoing project to fix the alt text all over the site to increase accessibility for vision-impaired users. I'd just like to ask all of you to fix ...
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Announcing the November–December 2021 topic challenge: The Decameron

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 I ask a question about literature that I don't know exists, but which the people answering it do, without the question being "open ended"?

I've had a number of occasions when I've tried asking questions relating to books or other pieces of literature that fall into an extremely niche genre, but which I cannot name individually because I ...
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How do I tag questions properly?

How do I tag questions properly? I see that all questions here have tags, but I do not understand the reason behind the tags. What are the tagging rules? People keep editing the tags on my questions. ...
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What are some good (legal) resources for finding the text of books?

Many good answers on this site are going to require quoting passages of the text of a novel, poem, play, or other piece of literature. Thus, knowing where to find such passages is going to be very ...
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What are high-quality free online resources for literary research? [duplicate]

The following are free or nearly free, high quality online resources for doing literary research: The Literary Encyclopedia Wikipedia and Wiktionary Any website focusing on a specific region of ...
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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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Announcing the December 2021 – January 2022 topic challenge: Maltese 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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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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Should questions that post images of text instead of transcribing them be closed?

Some question askers post an image of a text that their question is about instead of transcribing the text. (Recent example: Analaysing/Interpreting MALAYALAM poem written by my friend.) This has ...
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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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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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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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Should we make the criteria for book IDs stricter?

I think we could improve the quality of book ID requests if we required sufficient information to verify if the book does not exist - a contrapositive. We could close questions if we don't feel that ...
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Should we embrace non-Googlers?

Common Stack Network policy is to embrace non-Googlers. The Stack Exchange wants to be a place Google sends folks, not a place that sends folks to Google. Unfortunately, many sites and some of our ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd 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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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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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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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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Spoiler feature

Like Goodreads, can we feature the spoiler feature here as well (both in questions and answers) to make it a better experience for the users? What I mean by this is using it like we see it on Puzzling ...
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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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How do I add links into comments?

I was trying to direct a person to the tour when I realized that I did not know how to put links in comments. How do I do it?
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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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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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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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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 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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