Mythological Studies Student Journal
A Letter from the Editor:
Welcome to Volume 5 of the Mythological Studies Journal, once again featuring essays and articles by students enrolled in the Mythological Studies MA/PhD program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. These writers include students currently enrolled in course work as well as those working on their doctoral dissertations.
The title for this year is: "Violence in America" and the five essays chosen for this inaugural thematic approach all touch upon this subject from differing perspectives. Also new to this year, we are introducing a new section - a compilation of all five essays into a single downloadable file.
There are many ways to experience violence. We can consider it as brutal physical acts, as assaults or wars; as passive forms of violence expressed as oppression, impoverishment, or marginalization by class, gender or ethnicity; or as disturbances within our psyche. Regardless how we view this phenomenon, we cannot ignore it nor can we resist it. Violence, whatever its form, is complex and mythic -- deeply embedded within our psyche.
Though these essays do not cover every aspect of the definition above, they do ask us to reconsider what violence can be in different forms. The first essay covers the alienation of men and the resulting violence; next we see a different face of violence: sadomasochism as a potentially transformative force, thirdly, violence as soul-making. In the fourth essay, we are taken into the underworld with post-partum depression as abduction, and finally, a look at the violent irruption of the unconscious - the shadow into our awareness.
I hope the readers will see this subject in ways that we may not have considered in the past and come to a fresher view of what is "Violence in America".
Many thanks are due to Nicky Tannion, our Managing Editor and to Matthew Wheeler, our Technical Editor, and especially to our faculty advisor, Dr. Dennis Patrick Slattery. The Editorial Board would also like to thank all of the peer-reviewers and authors. I am extremely appreciative of the time and effort that all have contributed to this publication - thank you for all of your hard work.
Fujio Mandeville, M.A.