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Morgan analyzes DaVinci formula at April 3 Talking Books salon

March 15, 2007

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Montana State University English professor Gwen Morgan will discuss the literary formula used by Dan Brown, author of a set of phenomenally popular books, at the next Talking Books Salon set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Borders Books in Bozeman.

Since Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" swept the reading public by storm five years ago, his earlier novels have also enjoyed a resurgence in popularity far greater than in their original reception.

"Something, then, in Brown's underlying formula appeals to the contemporary public beyond the actual tales," Morgan said. A large part of his success is due, in large part, in turning the literary motif to subject matter as diverse as scientific exploration, CIA code-breaking, or papal election."

She said the salon will discuss how Brown's use and twist of the conspiracy theory construction and its recovery by the forces of "good," underlies the plot structure of all Brown's novels and provides his readership with a hope for reversing current negative social directions.

In addition to "The Da Vinci Code," Morgan encourages salon participants to read at least one of Brown's other novels, such as "Deception Point," "Digital Fortress," or "Angels and Demons."

Morgan is an award-winning professor who specializes in Medieval and British literature as well as popular culture studies. She is the author of three books: two on medieval balladry and a collection of Anglo-Saxon poems in translation. She is also the author of numerous articles ranging from immortals in popular fiction to Chaucer's Weaver from the "Canterbury Tales."

The MSU Department of English and Bozeman's Borders Books sponsor the monthly Talking Books salons. For more information, contact Borders Books at 522-9789.

Gwen Morgan, 994-5190 morgan@english.montana.edu