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Lure of the Arcane [Read] ➪ Lure of the Arcane Author Theodore Ziolkowski – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 thro 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’s Bacchae Andreae’s Chymical Wedding Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum among other seminal Lure of ePUB ´ works Mimicking the genre’s uest 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

  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 mysteries to Rosicrucians and Freemasons as depicted in the Romantic literature Gothic novel lodge novel romantic socialist fiction and to a variety of modern and postmodern variations J K Huysmans Hugo von Hofmannsthal Andre Gide Thornton Wilder Jorge Luis Borges Thomas Pynchon Ishmael Reed Umberto Eco and Yorick Blumenfeld As the author himself concludes the book “the form that emerged overlaps with such genres as the Gothic novel the lodge novel detective fiction and conspiracy thrillers The pattern may be characterized precisely as a paradigm that is inflectional variations of the basic form as it develops from cult through order to secret society and from drama through epic and opera to novel It tends to emerge in periods of religious intellectual social political disenchantment Readers seek the traditional assurances of cults orders secret societies the promise of knowledge that will make sense of the chaos confronting them only to find like Lucius Apuleius’s “The Golden Ass” that they must undergo yet another trial; like the first Rosicrucians that the mystery must remain veiled for another 120 years; like the heroes and heroines of the German Romantic lodge novels and romantic socialism that the world goes on as before without the promised fulfillment’s; or like the heroes and heroines of the postmodern “ludibria” and thrillers that at the end of the uest the secret remains unknown”


  2. Christopher Sutch Christopher Sutch says:

    This overview of cultconspiracy 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 shows how important that genre was in developing the contemporary conspiracy thriller even though he buries his most important scholarly contributions in the footnotes so readers who don't turn to the back of the book won't actually know the significance of the author's scholarship However the vast majority of this text really consists of summaries of the works Ziolkowski is supposedly examining with little or no theoretical insight Even his argument which he makes reference to continuously is really just an observation about the content of the works he is reading and not anything particularly profound or theoretically valuable which makes this book suffer as a piece of scholarship So this work serves as a good sourcebook for the history of the novel of conspiracy but doesn't give real insight into the genre or why some of us enjoy reading it


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10 thoughts on “Lure of the Arcane

  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 mysteries to Rosicrucians and Freemasons as depicted in the Romantic literature Gothic novel lodge novel romantic socialist fiction and to a variety of modern and postmodern variations J K Huysmans Hugo von Hofmannsthal Andre Gide Thornton Wilder Jorge Luis Borges Thomas Pynchon Ishmael Reed Umberto Eco and Yorick Blumenfeld As the author himself concludes the book “the form that emerged overlaps with such genres as the Gothic novel the lodge novel detective fiction and conspiracy thrillers The pattern may be characterized precisely as a paradigm that is inflectional variations of the basic form as it develops from cult through order to secret society and from drama through epic and opera to novel It tends to emerge in periods of religious intellectual social political disenchantment Readers seek the traditional assurances of cults orders secret societies the promise of knowledge that will make sense of the chaos confronting them only to find like Lucius Apuleius’s “The Golden Ass” that they must undergo yet another trial; like the first Rosicrucians that the mystery must remain veiled for another 120 years; like the heroes and heroines of the German Romantic lodge novels and romantic socialism that the world goes on as before without the promised fulfillment’s; or like the heroes and heroines of the postmodern “ludibria” and thrillers that at the end of the uest the secret remains unknown”

  2. Christopher Sutch Christopher Sutch says:

    This overview of cultconspiracy 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 shows how important that genre was in developing the contemporary conspiracy thriller even though he buries his most important scholarly contributions in the footnotes so readers who don't turn to the back of the book won't actually know the significance of the author's scholarship However the vast majority of this text really consists of summaries of the works Ziolkowski is supposedly examining with little or no theoretical insight Even his argument which he makes reference to continuously is really just an observation about the content of the works he is reading and not anything particularly profound or theoretically valuable which makes this book suffer as a piece of scholarship So this work serves as a good sourcebook for the history of the novel of conspiracy but doesn't give real insight into the genre or why some of us enjoy reading it

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