A new take on Antigone.
One of the most innovative writers of our age, Anne Carson frequently incorporates ancient Greek literature in her hybrid poetry. Into this legacy she now adds Antigonick, a re-telling of Sophocles' Antigone that combines image and text into a lovely book, a book both as an object and as literature. First of all, Carson's words are hand-inked by the author herself. If this isn't extraordinary enough, the book also includes drawings by Bianca Stone printed on vellum that appear to float over the text. In a sense, the way in which words and images inform each other in the book speaks to how words and images inform each other onstage -- to create mutually dependent figural and auditory drama. Carson's stately take on the classic not only honors the spirit of Sophocles' tale but also its rich history, making a strong nod to Hegel and Beckett in the first act. As such, Antigonick is as much a re-telling as it is a testament to the importance of Antigone in Western art, of re-tellings, and of refiguring narrative.
|Blaney Lecture: Anne Carson|