Lure of the Arcane: The Literature of Cult and Conspiracy (Hardback)Theodore Ziolkowski (author)
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Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
Ziolkowski is excellently placed to attempt the construction of a genre history... As such, his treatment of the literature and the array of texts included is predictably masterful, moving with ease from Greek and Roman mysteries in antiquity to the Medieval representations of the Knights Templar, through the Rosicrucian manifestoes and the German Enlightenment lodge novels, to the literary depictions of secret societies of Romantic Socialism. * Nova Religio *
This is a literary and cultural history for the twenty-first century: fascinating in scope and focus, striking in its attention to detail, solid in its continuity, and indisputably erudite. * Choice *
An erudite, thought-provoking argument for considering this literary engagement as a sub-genre in its own right. * Times Literary Supplement *
The wealth of examples, the lively and indeed intimate writing style, and the delicate refusal to go too far in the analysis of paranoid fantasies all contribute to a welcome dealing with mystery, secrecy, and the arcane. * Modern Philology *
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