Friday Lecture-February 22, 2013
In this one-hour talk Dennis explores the relevant relationships that develop between the dominant mythology that fuels literary classics and the personal mythology of the reader. For the past forty years he has studied and lectured about the great works of western literature and through these majestic narratives he has engaged and developed his own individuation process. Dennis explores the value of psyche’s fictional “as if” basis and use both Dante’s Commedia and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick to illustrate his hunches.
Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., has been teaching for over forty years and has enjoyed the position as core faculty in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute for the past nine years. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 18 books as well as hundreds of articles on culture, literature, psyche, and mythos. His works include one novel with Charles Asher as well as four volumes of poetry. His current books include Day-to-Day Dante: Exploring Personal Myth Through Dante’s Commedia (2010); with Jennifer Selig he co-edited the following two collections: Reimagining Education: Essays on Revising the Soul of Learning (2009) and The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination (2012).