First-year Common Reading for the Class of 2022 is Antigonick by Anne Carson. The First-year Common Reading for the Class of 2022 is Antigonick, a new version of Sophocles' play Antigone as translated by Anne Carson.
Antigone is one of the most influential and resonant works of drama ever written, cutting to the heart of individual rights versus the state; women's rights in a patriarchal state; and the relation between religion and politics. The Guardian describes Carson, the translator, as a "poet whose work is influenced by authors as diverse as Sappho, Euripides, Emily Brontë, Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf and who is well known her for innovative translations of ancient texts." The Antigonick text features hand-inked blocks of text overlaid with color drawings providing further description and intrigue to the text.
The Class of 2022 will receive their books in a summer mailing. During New Student Orientation first-year students will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with other members of the Class of 2022 to discuss the book with professors, staff and upperclass students.