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Art, Crime and Madness
Gesualdo, Caravaggio, Genet, Van Gogh, Artaud

Shlomo Giora Shoham

  Shlomo Giora Shoham was awarded the Israel Prize for 2003 for his contribution to the study of criminology. He is a widely published author on crime, deviance, philosophy, religion, psychology and the human personality. He lectures worldwide, and has recently been resident at the universities of Oxford and Harvard, and at the Sorbonne.


Art, Crime and Madness explores the relationship between creative innovation, deviance and morbidity by historical case studies of the madrigalist Don Carlo Gesualdo, prince of Venosa, the painter Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio, Jean Genet the homosexual thief, Vincent Van Gogh, and Antonin Artaud, the revolutionary cinema director.

Foreword by Roger Hood

Introduction: Mytho-Empiricisim

Chapter One The Personality and its Disruption
Chapter Two Hübris, Suppression and Stigma
Chapter Three Don Carlo Gesualdo – A Murdered Love
Chapter Four Caravaggio – The Violent Enlightenment
Chapter Five Jean Genet – A Criminal Manifesto
Chapter Six The Creative Villains
Chapter Seven Genius and Madness
Chapter Eight St. Vincent – Absolute Authenticity
Chapter Nine Antonin Artaud – Outside of Time

Giora Shoham's Published Works and His Theory of Personality

“Broad intellectual range, curiosity, deep and profound knowledge and authenticity. The whole spirit of Shlomo Shoham’s reasoning is both refreshing and challenging. A great book!” Dr. Manfred Wimmer, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research

“Those who have grown weary of the staleness and triteness of conventional criminology will find much that is fresh in Professor Shoham's compelling study. He shows with admirable detail and conviction how art, crime, and madness emerge from the existential projects of deviants and agents of social control alike. Professor Shoham has exquisitely prepared his flavor of interdisciplinary criminology in this volume.” Gregory J. Howard, Western Michigan University

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March 2003
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