Perseus: A Comic Novel



2:30 pm- 4:00 pm


6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25

Four Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

Perseus is the dashing hero who saved the princess Andromeda from the sea serpent and slew Medusa, the snake-haired monster who could turn men to stone with a single glance. But few know the real story. In this contemporary take on the ancient myth, Perseus is an awkward youth who stumbles his way into a heroic adventure he never wanted. His mother Danae is a sexy, earthy single mom with a salty vocabulary and not very much patience with her exasperating son. Andromeda is an opinionated, modern young woman as unimpressed with Perseus as she is with his exploits. And the god Hermes, sent by Zeus to explain the finer points of being an epic hero, is a sardonic, wise-cracking smart-ass who loves poetry and delights in quoting Shakespeare.

Comic, spirited, and unexpectedly tender, Perseus is at heart the mythic quest tale in which the hero, striving with monsters divine and human, ultimately discovers himself. The complete novel will be read out loud by the author, Richard Matturro, in four installments with time at the end of each class for comments and questions.

Course Reading: Perseus, by Richard Matturro, Livingston Press, 2010

    Richard Matturro, a native of Rye, New York, holds a doctorate in English with a specialization in Shakespeare and Greek Mythology. After sixteen years at the Albany Times Union, he taught literature at UAlbany for fourteen years. He is the author of numerous newspaper articles and six novels. 

    The illustrations can be found here: OLLI Perseus Course.pdf

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