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    definite article in the titles of research papers

    Hello,
    I'm writing a research paper in English and I have a question regarding the ways the definite article is used in the titles that have of-phrase, for example: The poetics of space in the novel XY OR The poetics of Stephen Spender... Is there some general rule/common way of using the definite article in such titles? Should we omit 'the' or leave it the way I wrote since it denotes a specific novel/author.
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    Re: definite article in the titles of research papers

    I would use the definite article in both of those phrases. In both cases, you are talking about specific poetics. Is there a need to say in the novel XY? Couldn't you simply say in XY?

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    Re: definite article in the titles of research papers

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would use the definite article in both of those phrases. In both cases, you are talking about specific poetics. Is there a need to say in the novel XY? Couldn't you simply say in XY?
    You're right, I usually say 'in XY', this time I wanted to be more specific.
    Thank you,
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