Lure of the Arcane: The Literature of Cult and Conspiracy

Theodore Ziolkowski

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Hardcover. 248 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 1.0in.Fascination with the arcane is a driving force in this comprehensive survey of conspiracy fiction. Theodore Ziolkowski traces the evolution of cults, orders, lodges, secret societies, and conspiracies through various literary manifestationsdrama, romance, epic, novel, operadown to the thrillers of the twenty-first century. Lure of the Arcane considers Euripidess Bacchae, Andreaes Chymical Wedding, Mozarts The Magic Flute, and Ecos Foucaults Pendulum, among other seminal works. Mimicking the genres quest-driven narrative arc, the reader searches for the significance of conspiracy fiction and is rewarded with the authors cogent reflections in the final chapter. After much investigation, Ziolkowski reinforces Umberto Ecos notion that the most powerful secret, the magnetic center of conspiracy fiction, is in fact a secret without content. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Fascination with the arcane is a driving force in this comprehensive survey of conspiracy fiction. Theodore Ziolkowski traces the evolution of cults, orders, lodges, secret societies, and conspiracies through various literary manifestations - drama, romance, epic, novel, opera - down to the thrillers of the twenty-first century. Lure of the Arcane considers Euripides' Bacchae, Andreae's Chymical Wedding, Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Eco's Foucault's Pendulum, among other seminal works. Mimicking the genre's quest-driven narrative arc, the reader searches for the significance of conspiracy fiction and is rewarded with the author's cogent reflections in the final chapter. After much investigation, Ziolkowski reinforces Umberto Eco's notion that the most powerful secret, the magnetic center of conspiracy fiction, is in fact "a secret without content."

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Conspiracies, whether attributed to mystery cults. Freemasons, Socialists, or Rosicrucians, pervade literature from Euripides to Umberto Eco, as Theodore Ziolkowski shows in Lure of the Arcane. Ziolkowski has read everything, taking even a 3,000-page German novel in his stride, and summarizes and analyses his material fascinatingly for lesser mortals.

(Ritchie Robertson Times Literary Supplement)

This is a literary and cultural history for the 21st century: fascinating in scope and focus, striking in its attention to detail, solid in its continuity, and indisputably erudite.

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An erudite, thought-provoking argument for considering this literary engagement as a sub-genre in its own right.

(Oliver Harris Times Literary Supplement)

This is an excellent book, an original and substantial contribution. I would expect it to find many readers, not just among fellow scholars. Since conspiracy, and conspiracy fiction, is a hot topic, I could imagine this book being invaluable as a guide to a university course that sought to place Umberto Eco and Dan Brown in their long-term intellectual context.

(Ritchie Robertson, St. John?s College, Oxford)

Revealing, stimulating, suggestive.

(Francis Blessington, Northeastern University)

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