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Wounded Body, The (SUNY Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture) Paperback – November 18, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0791443828 ISBN-10: 0791443825

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  • Series: SUNY Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (November 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791443825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791443828
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis Patrick Slattery is Interdisciplinary Coordinator and Core Faculty Member, the Mythological Studies Program, Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of The Idiot: Dostoevsky's Fantastic Prince.

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For Slattery,wounds are the way in and the way out.
Elizabeth Schofield
By bowing deeply to both these gods, Slattery writes a vibrant and meaningful book about the wounded body.
Sandra Lackenbauer
This book gave me a great charting on how to begin this kind of meditative activity.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA on November 1, 2000
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What a joy it was to turn away from a discussion with a psychologist who believes in psyche as quantifiable brain extrusion (how come these hermetically sealed folks are always the politically correct ones as well?) and get lost in this wondrous work by a marked man known to frequent the Pacifica Graduate Institute, one of my favorite hangouts and a delphic magnet for depth-oriented subversives.
The author has given us a finely researched prose-poem pulsing with creative insights and daring questions: a psychology of the gut for a malnourished time when so much psychology has become gutless as well as bloodless, dismembered and disembodied. A time that has recorded the inversion of Jung's dictum that the gods have become diseases, for when "the cry for myth" is strangled in the rationalist throat, diseases inevitably become our gods.
A few quotations from the book:
"The wound is a special place, a magical place, even a numinous site, an opening where the self and the world may meet on new terms, perhaps violently, so that we are marked out and off, a territory assigned to us that is new, and which forever shifts our tracing in the world."
"Identity involves suffering, a suffering into the self through soul."
"Where we have been marked is where the soft spot of our being is, where we are most finite; but it is also where the hinge is located that marks the pivot of our history and our destiny.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ginette Paris Ph.D. on January 27, 2000
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Reviewer: Ginette Paris, Ph. D. Research Coordinator. Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. -------------------------
When misfortune happens in the body, we call it a wounding.
Depth psychologists have in common one belief: that wounding can be a window or a door leading to the Underworld, a place worth a visit. It can be a gift, reminding us of the value of life before it is really too late. It can be a mentor , teaching us to listen to bodies, ours and others. Wounding can put us through an initiation and there is no wisdom without initiation. Being sick can be a humbling which is a cure for our despotic egos. Bedridden, confined, shut-in and flat on one's back, the imagination suddenly starts to fly high and wide. If our illness is long enough we might experience the quest for healing as an Odyssey . If we don't come back healed, at least we might be psychologically educated and spiritually enlightened. What makes the difference between simply being sick, beaten and bored, and having an epiphany? Dennis Slattery in The Wounded Body, shows that the talent to make sense of our suffering is all given with our culture, it is all there is the literature, one has only to become conscious of the gift. The pain of incarnation, the life of the body is one of the more profound of all metaphors, permeating all literatures. Slattery takes us on a review of Homer, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Rousseau, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Melville, Flannery O'Connor and Tony Morrison, revealing how "to be wounded is to be opened to the world; it is to be pushed off the straight, fixed, and predictable path of certainty and thrown into ambiguity, or onto the circuitous path, and into the unseen and unforeseen.".
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Lackenbauer on June 5, 2000
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In his book, The Wounded Body, Dennis Patrick Slattery weaves together wounds and meanings, intertwines psyche and soma, and plaits mimesis and memory into life stories. If, as he believes, our origins and our destinies are within the poetics of our bodies, then who would turn away from tracing origins through memory and destiny through desire? Who would not unravel some of the knots of their body's images? Dennis Slattery heeds Shakespeare's teaching that our wounds are mouths and teaches the reader to listen, as he does, with rapt devotion to their stories. His imaginative discussion recalls works by Homer, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Rousseau, Dostoevsky, Melville, Tolstoy, Flannery O'Connor and Toni Morrison. Slattery reminds the reader that wounds and fissures mark the places vulnerable to penetration by unknown deities. Our wounds are "where the hinge is located that marks the pivot of our history and destiny" (15). He poses the archetypal question: What is the wound asking of us? What story does it want to tell? The wound's meaning cannot be teased out logically. Only imagination will lead us to the story. Our wounds want to be recognized and dialogue with us. They want to matter, want to be incarnated. And as Hamlet teaches us, "perhaps the fullest form of embodiment is to be remembered in a story, for it is as close to immortality to which a mortal can aspire" (73). Read this book slowly, savouring its poetics, its reveries, its meanderings, and its gaps. The gaps invite the reader's memories to intertwine past with present and mingle with Slattery's reflections in a confluence of healing spider's webs for our wounds.Read more ›
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