Art, Crime and Madness

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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.


Shlomo Giora Shoham 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. He was awarded the Israel Prize for 2003 for his contribution to the study of criminology.


“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