A Conversation with Skip Conover, Part One


This is the first part of an interview conducted by Skip Conover about Jung and mythopoetics.

“Interview with Dennis P. Slattery, Ph.D. About Mythopoetics, Part 1”

1. How were you first introduced to the concepts of Carl Jung? What happened that led you to make his concepts a central theme of your career?

Interesting that this question appears first. I recently wrote and will have published an answer to this question in a new book, co-edited by two Jungian Analysts, Patricia Damery and Naomi Ruth Lowinsky of Los Angeles, who posed this question to 10 of us. The book, entitled Marked by Fire: Personal Stories of the Jungian Way (Fisherking Press, 2012). In it I recollected the first time I came on Jung’s work. A Ph.D. candidate at the time, a good friend at Kent State gave me a copy of Modern Man’s Search for the Soul. I still have it in my study 44 years later. I had as an undergraduate become disenchanted with one of my two majors, experimental psychology when I majored in English and literature. I found more Psychology on one page of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment than I did in an entire experimental psychology course. Then, when I read Jung, I threw psychology off because here was a man who spoke poetically of the soul as Dostoevsky spoke psychologically of a fictional character. I then began to major in Comparative Literature at Kent State and read Jung side-by-side with literary classics. I began to bend my papers to include Jungian thought and have been doing so since.

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