O'Rourke, "Introduction"

O'Rourke asked a diverse group of professors of Romanticism what might look like the most routine pedagogical question: How do you teach the Ode on a Grecian Urn? The energy and ingenuity with which the contributors to this volume addressed this question gives some sense of the range and the subtlety of the ways in which the enigmas that Keats confronted in a silent urn are being recreated in American (and Australian) classrooms. This essay appears in _Ode on a Grecian Urn: Hypercanonicity & Pedagogy_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.