As an English major, I have joined the clubs of I-have-read-too-many-Shakespeare-plays-to-count and when-can-I-stop-reading-Hamlet-even-though-it’s-my-favorite. It seems that I can’t spend a semester without Shakespeare. But one of my professors, who is also an English advisor, discussed making Shakespeare not a requirement with my senior class.
Both sides explained their opinions. Some students felt Shakespeared out and some were just now reading Hamlet for the first time.
We ended up at a compromise. We still claimed that we needed Shakespeare, but we needed a variety of other different writers too – even the bad ones. We knew we could learn more from multiple artists rather than one. But we couldn’t cut Shakespeare completely because he is mentioned in literature throughout time. We instead asked for more creative literature classes like the one we were sitting in right then: Shakespeare and film.
It almost seemed as if we found an answer, but not the solution because we still had questions. What Shakespeare plays would still be taught? Who should teach the Shakespeare classes? How could classes become more diverse?
What are your thoughts?