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Historically, artists have often lived as social outcasts because of their unconventional lifestyles within the mores of a given time and place. For some artists, these lifestyles have included involvement in criminal or deviant acts which, in addition to their masterpieces, have often contributed to their enduring legacies. We will examine the involvement of selected artists in cases of  sexual misconduct, violent crimes, and addictions, and look at how these biographies informed these artists' work.



  • Major events in the lives of the artists under discussion
  • The social mores of various historical periods
  • General thematic and stylistic preferences of the artists.


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There are no prerequisites required. Please come prepared to share your experiences, opinions and perspectives with the class.


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