Kenneth Reckford's Keynote Address to
We present here in its entirety the video recording of the keynote address by Kenneth Reckford, entitled, "Euripides' Hecuba: the Text and the Event," in which he gives his ideas about the two parts of Hecuba and the loss of innocence, and how we might understand how Euripides engages Aristotelian catharsis and recognition. The talk, however, ranges widely as Reckford touches on Shakespeare and Ibsen and Stoppard, the prickly difficulties of translation and collaboration, what constitutes the shocking, and, in general, what changes and what endures in the theater.
Kenneth Reckford is the Kenan Professor of Classics, Emeritus, at UNC Chapel Hill, where he taught for forty-three years before retiring in 2003. He has been recognized for his excellent undergraduate teaching and has been president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South as well as the American Philological Association. His main interests are Greek and Latin poetry and drama, with occasional raids on English literature. His publications include Horace, Aristophanes' Old-and-New Comedy, and Euripides' Hecuba and Elektra.