Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Short Story "Perseus 'n' Medusa"

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Short Story "Perseus 'n' Medusa"

Description

This short story is a retelling of the myth of Perseus and Medusa, written in black American dialect by a white student. The young women in the tale are oversexualized and the narrator exhibits colorism by referring to Polydectes's "high yaller" harem as the prettiest women he's seen. In the story, Perseus is sent to Harlem to bring the wild, seductive Medusa to Seriphos County.

Source

Friedenberg, Milton. "Perseus 'n' Medusa." The Messenger LXVIII, no. 5 (June 1941): 10-12. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1941

Language

English

Type

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MessengerLXVIII.5.10-1941.pdf

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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Citation

Friedenberg, Milton, “Short Story "Perseus 'n' Medusa",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3282.