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Welcome to /r/literature, a community for deeper discussions of plays, poetry, short stories, and novels. Discussions of literary criticism, literary history, literary theory, and critical theory are also welcome--strongly encouraged, even.

  • Submission Rules
  • Relevance
    Submissions must relate to literature, literary criticism, literary history, literary theory, or literary news.
  • Communicability
    Submissions must be primarily written in English, even when discussing a work written in another language.
  • Analysis
    Discussion submissions must include the original poster's own analysis in either the body or the comments of a post.
  • Content
    Focus on discussion. You may ask questions that continue and broaden a discussion. Do not submit posts that contain questions and no other content.
  • Quality
    The moderators do their best to maintain a high standard of quality in comments and submissions. As such, comments and submissions that do not promote discussion of literature will be removed; this includes superficial comments and submissions that lack substance as well as unsolicited "meta"-comments about the subreddit.
  • Flair
    Please add flair tags to all posts. These can be added using the "flair" button under your title.

  • General Rules
  • No self-promotion
    Do not share unpublished fiction or non-fiction you’ve written.
  • No pics or memes
    Do not submit purely image links.
  • No "inspirational" quotes
    Do not post quotes or excerpts from a work without analyzing it.
  • No silly videos
    Do not submit videos vaguely related to literature.
  • No advertising
    Do not submit publisher press releases, online bookstore referrals, or other forms of advertising.
  • No homework
    Do not request help on homework assignments or with creating a curriculum. This includes posting surveys.
  • No book requests
    Do not post requests for book recommendations. This includes editions and translations.
  • Really, no book requests
    Please do not submit posts simply asking for the names of authors or titles of books you've forgotten.
  • No spoilers
    Please avoid uncensored spoilers. Use the spoiler tag: [What you want to censor](/spoiler). Use your discretion; obviously, some texts' plots are less "secret" than others'.
  • Note: Failure to adhere to the rules listed in the sidebar may result in either a temporary or permanent ban.
  • The moderators are volunteers, and moderate for fun during their spare moments. Not all rules will be enforced evenly or at all times. If you think your submission was mistakenly filtered, or if you have a question about the posting policy, feel free to message the mods.

  • Sister Subreddits
  • /r/literatures, for multilingual discussion of world literatures
  • /r/AskLiteraryStudies, for academic questions about literature
  • /r/badliterarystudies, for kvetching

  • Friends in the Arts
  • /r/ArtsHub
  • /r/BookClub
  • /r/Cinephiles
  • /r/LitVideos
  • /r/Poetry
  • /r/ProsePorn
  • /r/ShortStoriesCritique
  • /r/Verse
  • /r/WeirdLit
  • /r/Writing

  1. Check out /r/AskLiteraryStudies if you have questions about literature and literary studies that you'd like answered by experts! All are welcome.

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