Re: snapshots -Reply

Fri, 19 Jan 1996 13:58:54 -0500

Thanks to Mike Salvo for addressing my question of why Shakespeare is
still taught--as "cultural capital." I was in no way suggesting that
S. not be taught; I was only trying to make the point that we should not
delude ourselves into thinking that we teach literature to make our
students better writers perse. And so we have to be careful in our
premise that the reason our kids are not better writers is because they
have not read (what we think they should have).

Ruth Overman Fischer
English Dept
George Mason University