Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". xii, 230pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Black paper over boards with spine lettered in blue. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
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 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."(Publisher). Very good / very good. Item #11870