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This answer will by necessity not cover all cases; when in doubt check the tag wiki excerpts for tags you are considering using, or ask in chat/meta. “Tag wiki excerpts” are the little usage guidance blurbs that show up in various places. When typing in tags for a question, excerpts show up mid-type or on hover. Clicking on a tag will also show the excerpt. ...


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Old English in a linguistic sense (as opposed to "old English" with a lowercase 'o') is significantly different from later stages of English due to impact of the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. There is no similar watershed moment that separates Middle English (1066 – late 15th century) from Modern English. This is why Chaucer's Middle English ...


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Whether one should use a pseudonym or an author's real name depends on how that author's pseudonym or pseudonym's were used and/or under what name the relevant works were later republished. If the author published exclusively under that pseudonym and their works continue to be republished under that pseudonym, use that pseudonym. Examples: Charles Lutwidge ...


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I think we need a publishing tag as described in Tsundoku's answer. However, I believe that it is confusing to also have a publication tag. In practice I think we see many questions tagged as one which should be tagged as the other. All questions about specific publications of a work fall under the more general category of text editing: When was a work ...


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Current practice is as follows: Questions about lyrics for songs on a musical album: we tag with the band or the author of the lyrics and the tag song-lyrics but not with the title of the album. For example, the two questions about the Steely Dan song "Do It Again" are tagged steely-dan and song-lyrics, and nothing else. Similarly, the question ...


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Here is a suggested edit for the tag wiki excerpt that might finesse the issues raised in the question: Questions about literary characters, addressing: the structural role one or more characters play in a given fictional universe; their psychological traits, physical appearance, sexuality, motivation, emotions, behavior, actions, ethnic or racial ...


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Questions tagged publication that should be retagged textual-history Horatio Hornblower book as part of anthology Who classified Tagore's songs into the six standard categories? What is the original source of Tagore's "Endless Time"? Info about Wisdom is One by Benjamin Williams Huntsman? Why is the order of The Chronicles of Narnia changed from ...


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Questions tagged editions that should be retagged textual-history When and how was the manuscript of Fratricide Punished lost? Earliest known manuscripts of the Shahnameh? What manuscript(s) was the first printed edition of The Tale of Genji based on? Why are there three different versions of "solid/sallied/sullied flesh in Hamlet? Was it traditional ...


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There is a potential problem I foresee with the 'Point-of-View' tag. You are writing here as a person clearly very knowledgeable about literary terminology and versed in the minutia of the different terms (Go you!). Some of our querents are equally scholarly, many of them are not(self included tbh). It's also very clear that even where tags have lots of ...


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Questions tagged history-of-literature that need to be retagged textual-history When and why did “No man is an island” start being regarded as a poem? When was Mem and Zin / Mam û Zîn first printed? Matthew Arnold's anthology of literature for use in schools How did the story of Robin Hood pass from oral literature to written? Is there really a single “Old ...


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Questions tagged oral-tradition that need an additional textual-history tag "Yum Yum Pig's Bum" How did the story of Robin Hood pass from oral literature to written? How long did accounts of the Sängkreig last as purely oral literature? Were any of the Asbjørnsen og Moe stories transcribed directly from oral traditions? Are there any recorded ...


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Questions tagged publishing that should be retagged textual-history Why weren't Blake's poems published in their original painted form? Questions tagged publishing that need an additional textual-history tag Why would Image Comics publish Sunstone after it was released as a web comic? What typographical methods have been used to distinguish the two ...


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