New PDF release: Lure of the Arcane

By Theodore Ziolkowski

Fascination with the arcane is a driver during this finished survey of conspiracy fiction. Theodore Ziolkowski strains the evolution of cults, orders, inns, mystery societies, and conspiracies via a variety of 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, between different seminal works. Mimicking the genre’s quest-driven narrative arc, the reader searches for the importance of conspiracy fiction and is rewarded with the author’s cogent reflections within the ultimate bankruptcy. After a lot research, Ziolkowski reinforces Umberto Eco’s thought that the main strong mystery, the magnetic heart of conspiracy fiction, is actually "a mystery with out content."

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