Creases in Culture: Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth

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This collection of essays, written over a period of years, entertains the shared place of psyche and poetics. Dr. Slattery has explored the manner in which the psyche is poetic and how poetry is deeply psycho-mythical. Influenced in part by the archetypal psychologist James Hillman's idea of the "poetic basis of mind" that comprises the soul's foundation, Slattery's writing moves into the interactive field in which myth is the ground for both psyche and poetry. The essays develop a further understanding of what has been called mythopoiesis, the fundamental myth-making and shaping capacity of the soul.
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Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.  is core faculty, Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria California. He has been teaching literature and mythology for over 40 years. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of 21 books, including five volumes of poetry; he has published over 150 articles and reviews on literature, psychology, mythology, as well as popular essays on surprises in the world.

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Fisher King Press
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Jan 15, 2014
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230
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9781771690065
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English
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Social Science / Popular Culture
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We need a sense of myth for our individual and collective equilibrium. Sanity itself may be tied to having some kind of lively imagination so that one can feel the strange fantasies that continue to insist themselves into consciousness in both waking and dreaming states....

– from the Foreword by Robert Sardello

The essential paradox is this: Myth points to a baseline that can never be fully drawn; there exists no lowest layer for myth.

– from the Introduction by Glen Slater and Dennis Patrick Slattery

... rituals in fact do not require complementary myths to ’explain’ them, nor is ritual a ’re-enactment’ of myth, but that rituals speak eloquently in their own right.

– from Chapter 3, “Rambu Solo’: the Toraja Cult of the Dead and Embodied Imagination,” by Laura Grillo

A myth occurs when the objective reality confuses itself with a subjective reality. The myth is, so to speak, a montage, and montages can lie – but they can inspire as well. A myth can support either revolution or the status quo; it can provoke enthusiasm or repression.

– from Chapter 7, “How is Psychology a Mythology?” by Ginette Paris (Pacifica Institute)


Contents

Foreword by Robert Sardello

Introduction by Glen Slater and Dennis Patrick Slattery

Religion

1. The Myth of Biblical Monotheism by Christine Downing

2. The Heart of Hindu Mythos: Yogic Perspectives on Self-Realization by Patrick Mahaffey

Ritual and Symbol

3. Rambu Solo’: the Toraja Cult of the Dead and Embodied Imagination by Laura S. Grillo

4. Mandala of the Naropa Dakini: Archetypal and Psychological Commentary by V. Walter Odajnyk

Literature and Film

5. Oedipus at Colonus: Pilgrimage from Blight to Blessedness by Dennis Patrick Slattery

6. Aliens and Insects by Glen Slater

Psychology and Philosophy

7. How is Psychology a Mythology? by Ginette Paris

8. Légende-Image: The Word/Image Problem by David L. Miller

Dennis Patrick Slattery

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"Since it is a characteristic of the psyche not only to be the source of all productivity but, more especially, to express itself in all the activities and achievements of the human mind, we can nowhere grasp the nature of the psyche per se but can meet it only in its various manifestations". (p 85)

We believe the essays in this volume honor the spirit of Jung’s regard for the psyche’s diverse expressions.

(Pacifica Institute)


Contents

Introduction: Pacifica Graduate Institute – Unfolding a Dream

A Note from the Editors

Chapter 1: The Contemplative Self – The Spiritual Journey and Therapeutic Work 

by Charles Asher

Chapter 2: Creativity as an Archetypal Calling 

by Dianne Skafte

Chapter 3: Psyche’s Silent Muse – Desert and Wilderness 

by Dennis Patrick Slattery

Chapter 4: Sigmund Freud’s Mythology of Soul – The Body As Dwelling Place of Soul 

by Christine Downing

Chapter 5: A Depth Psychological Approach to the Sacred 

by Lionel Corbett

Chapter 6: Religious Pluralism in the Service of the Psyche 

by Patrick J. Mahaffey

Chapter 7: The Challenge to Stay Open – Buber and Bion 

by Avedis Panajian

Chapter 8: Dreams are Alive 

by Stephen Aizenstat

Chapter 9: Telling Our Stories – Making Meaning from Myth and Memoir 

by Maureen Murdock

Chapter 10: Divinities of Marriage 

by Ginette Paris

Chapter 11: The Chrysalis Experience – A Mythology for Times of Transition 

by Hendrika de Vries

Chapter 12: Look Out – Three Occasions of Public Excitation 

by James Hillman

Chapter 13: ‘A Myth is as Good as a Smile!’ – The Mythology of a Consumerist Culture 

by David L. Miller

Chapter 14: Yes, Indeed! Do Call the World The Vale of Soul Making – Reveries Toward an Archetypal Presence 

by Robert Romanyshyn

Chapter 15: Seeding Liberation – A Dialogue Between Depth Psychology and Liberation Psychology 

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Chapter 16: The Presence of Absence: Mapping Postcolonial Spaces 

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Chapter 17: Prisoners of our Imagination – The Boys Inside the American Gulag 

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