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English professor takes critical look at 'Code's' popularity at April 11 lecture

April 6, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Award-winning Montana State University English professor Gwen Morgan will host a critical discussion on why Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" has found such popularity at a "Talking Books" lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at Bozeman's Borders Books.

Participants are asked to read Brown's novel and bring all thoughts and criticisms for group discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Among the topics that Morgan will discuss is why Brown's tale found a willing audience, while some of its theories had long been disproved. She will also discuss why his theories appeal to a mass audience and whether Americans have a strong penchant for conspiracy theories.

Morgan is the author of four books, most recently "The Invention of False Medieval Authority in Contemporary Popular Fiction," in which "The Da Vinci Code" is one of a number of books discussed. She is a specialist in medieval and British literature and languages, as well as popular culture studies.

Borders Books, the MSU English Department and the MSU College of Letters and Science sponsor the Talking Books lectures, which center on literary topics of interest in a social and informal setting. For more information, contact Borders Books at 522-9789.

Contact: Gwen Morgan (406) 994-5190, morgan@english.montana.edu