Lure of the Arcane: the Literature of Cult and Conspiracy



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  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 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 characterizedprecisely 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 quest the secret remains unknown


  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 shows how important that genre was in developing the contemporary conspiracy thriller even though he buries his most important scholarly 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 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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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 ❮EPUB❯ ✻ Poltergeist (Greywalker, ✶ Author Kat Richardson – 9facts.co.uk orders [BOOKS] ✬ OBaby Author Geoffrey Johnson – 9facts.co.uk lodges [Epub] ➟ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, By Pamela Clare – 9facts.co.uk secret societies ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk and conspiracies through various literary manifestations drama ➨ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Ebook ➮ Author Ellen Connor – 9facts.co.uk romance ❮Reading❯ ➺ The Good Daughter ➲ Author Karin Slaughter – 9facts.co.uk epic ✑ Crysis pdf ✓ Author Peter Watts – 9facts.co.uk novel ➹ [Download] ➵ Fractured (Will Trent, By Karin Slaughter ➼ – 9facts.co.uk opera down to the thrillers of the twenty first centuryLure of the Arcane considers Euripides sBacchae ➵ Ghost Download ➾ Author Fred Burton – 9facts.co.uk Andreae s Chymical Wedding ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Nerve By Dick Francis ❤ – 9facts.co.uk Mozart s The Magic Flute ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Cinco Dias de Vida By Julie Lawson Timmer ✸ – 9facts.co.uk and Eco s Foucault s Pendulum [PDF] ✎ Backstage ✐ Nikki Turner – 9facts.co.uk among other seminal works Mimicking the genre s quest driven narrative arc ❴Download❵ ➵ Bodily Harm Author Margaret Atwood – 9facts.co.uk 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 ❰Reading❯ ➾ Shadow Land Author Peter Straub – 9facts.co.uk Ziolkowski reinforces Umberto Eco s notion that the most powerful secret ❴EPUB❵ ✰ Beauty Author Lisa Daily – 9facts.co.uk the magnetic center of conspiracy fiction ❴Epub❵ ➚ Hexes and Hemlines (A Witchcraft Mystery, Author Juliet Blackwell – 9facts.co.uk is in fact a secret without content


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