Abstract

Haney, "Hermeneutics for Sophomores"

Grounding his reading in the hermeneutic tradition, Haney argues that Keat's Ode on a Grecian Urn can be productively taught to non-English majors as an exploration of the interpretive processes at work in the poem itself and in our historically mediated relationship to the poem. Such an approach runs counter to narrowly ideological readings while still emphasizing the historicity of interpretation. 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.