Barth’s Perseus: From the Young Destroyer to the New Medusa’d Man

In The Perseid, the second novella from the novel Chimera, Barth intertwines gender roles in his postmodern portrayal of the myth of Perseus. The Perseid, akin to much ancient Greek mythology, is unabashedly male-centered as the eponymous narrator and his insufferable conceit render women to be no more than mere opportunities towards his ultimate goal: … Read moreBarth’s Perseus: From the Young Destroyer to the New Medusa’d Man