Should Shakespeare Be Required Reading?

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A recent study found that less than 8 percent of top universities require English majors to take a course focusing on Shakespeare. The report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni looked at the 52 schools rated highest by U.S. News & World Report. Should the Bard be required reading for everyone? What about for English majors? Is it time for Shakespeare to exit stage left and make room for more contemporary authors?


Anne Neal, president and co-founder of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Roland Greene, professor of English and comparative literature at Stanford University and current president of the Modern Language Association (MLA)