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Art, Myth and Deviance
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Art, Myth and Deviance (Hardback)

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Myths have long been considered the prime linkage between nature and culture, but we hold that they are more than this. The mythogene, which is our conceptualization of a connecting structure, links subject and object, history and transcendence, but above all is the blueprint for creativity. The volume deals, therefore, with the innovative conception of the author as to the process of creativity. Van Gogh had a revelation as to how the whirling cypresses and dancing stars would look at night. These structures, which contain a complementarity between his experiences and longings, are then ingrained in the artistic medium. Since his artistic efforts were authentic, his ecstatic (in the Greek sense) state of mind, extricated itself from diachronic history and soared onto synchronic eternity. This is how we perceive his work as fresh, exhilarating and meaningful as if painted today; it is the communication within eternity of authentic art from artist to audience. The volume also presents a classification of types of artists as related to their art and presents and innovative theory as to the link between madness and creativity.

Shlomo Shoham is the Winner of the Israel Prize in Criminology Research for 2003 and Criminological Advisor for the Ministries of Justice and Internal Security in Israel. He has published extensively, and is on the Board of Directors of several international societies including the International Society of Criminology. He is the Editor of Israeli Studies in Criminology.

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