Lure of the Arcane: the Literature of Cult and Conspiracy

Lure of the Arcane: the Literature of Cult and Conspiracy 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 centuryLure of the Arcane considers Euripides sBacchae, 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

10 thoughts on “Lure of the Arcane: the Literature of Cult and Conspiracy

  1. Bohdan Pechenyak Bohdan Pechenyak says:

    An excellent survey of the literary tradition involving mysteries and secret societies, examined through the prism of the eternal lure of the arcane and its literary transformation from cult to conspiracy The book traces the literature from Ancient Greece Euripides Bacchae and Rome Apuleius s Golden Ass through the Templar Order and Holy Grail mysteri

  2. Christopher Sutch Christopher Sutch says:

    This overview of cult conspiracy literature from the ancient Greeks to 2009 fills in some gaps in American scholarship in this area, but also has its problems Here s what I think Ziolkowski does right he gives prominence to the German bundroman, an area that a lot of literary scholars in America likely know little or nothing about I didn t, anyway , and he sh

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