The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2288 Thursday, 23 December 1999.
From: Cary M. Mazer <
Date: Wednesday, 22 Dec 1999 22:08:30 -0500
David Fox, a colleague of mine at Penn, who administers the "Freshman
Reading Project," where all incoming students read a single text the
summer before they arrive on campus, has a question about whether
American high school students routinely read Hamlet. He writes:
I'm wondering if HAMLET is taught with any regularity in high schools.
This is an absurdly broad question, I realize, but even the most
general Answer might help.
I know that 25 years ago when I was in high school (in California,
as a matter of fact), the Shakespeare plays most commonly found in the
curriculum were JULIUS CAESAR and ROMEO. I may also have
read MACBETH and perhaps MIDSUMMER -- but I'm pretty certain
that HAMLET wasn't introduced until my first college Shakespeare
course. Would something similar be true today?
Since David is not a member of the list, you can respond to him directly