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19c. and 18th century tags

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1Pepys
març 3, 2011, 10:15am

I'm afraid my question has been asked many times here, but I can't find a proper thread discussing it:

How to tag correctly a book like for instance Walter Scott's Waverley, written in the 19th century but relative to facts occurring in the 18th century? For years, I've tagged all my books with tags such as "19c." when the book was written in that century. I'm wondering if I should also use something like "18th century" to tag a book about facts in another century... And what to do with a book written in the 17th century telling about contemporaneous facts: should I use double tags such as "17c." and "17th century"?

Was this topic discussed at length in another thread?

2Nicole_VanK
Editat: març 3, 2011, 10:29am

Personally I use - for instance - "16th Century" for books about that century, next to "16th Century Texts" foor books written back then.

3aulsmith
març 3, 2011, 7:31pm

The most "correct" way is the way that will help you do what you want to do with tags. Many people use "18th century literature" and assorted variations for books written in the period and the "18th century" for the time period covered in the book, but there's not consistency across LT.

4keristars
març 3, 2011, 9:53pm

3> Yeah, consistency and "correctness" is pretty out there. I mean, I don't even use "X century" to describe the setting - I use "setting:decade". "X century" is for when it was written!

Do it however you feel comfortable doing, Pepys. With this kind of thing, as soon as you hear from one person "this is how it's done", someone else is going to come back and show it being done differently.

5antqueen
març 3, 2011, 10:03pm

And for yet another take, I use prefixes for both, though I don't go by century. I use f:{decade}, and s:{decade}.

6staffordcastle
Editat: març 4, 2011, 12:49am

I use "Set in 16th century" for fiction; that might work for you combined with a tag to indicate when it was written.

FYI, "17th c" and "17th century" would be separate tags in your catalog, but in LT overall they are combined.

7Pepys
març 4, 2011, 3:24am

I agree with your remark about tag combinations on LT, staffordcastle.

Do it however you feel comfortable doing: I also agree. I like to make myself comfortable...

My question here was mostly to see how others had solved this problem & if I could borrow good ideas. There are already some good answers, & at least they prove that a double tagging is undispensable.

8prosfilaes
març 4, 2011, 4:57pm

2: Likewise, I use 16th century literature for books written in the 16th century , with a pretty broad definition of literature. I don't rigorously tag setting, but set in ___ is the usual standard for me, though science fiction has its own setting tags (near future science fiction, etc.)

9Body_Count
març 5, 2011, 10:04pm

I don't have a rigid rule, but I use "Roman literature" for something like the Aeneid and "Roman fiction" for something like I Claudius, "medieval literature" for Beowulf and "medieval fiction" for Name of the Rose.