The Religious as the Criminals in Dan Brown’s Crime Fiction Angels & Demons and The Lost Symbol


  • Katkanok Hengchamrat Master's Student of Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.


Dan Brown, Religionism, Secularism, Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol


All of the novels in Dan Brown's ‘Robert Langdon' crime fiction series revolve around the tension between religionism and secularism. This paper will examine two novels from the series, namely Angels & Demons (2000) and The Lost Symbol (2009). These two novels present two kinds of conflict stemming from this tension. The first is an extrinsic conflict that is caused by an attempt to take back the space that once belonged to religion. The second is an intrinsic conflict that results from the fluidity with which the scriptures are read and interpreted. The two kinds of conflict arguably reflect the anxiety towards the role that religion/religionism plays in causing violence and confrontation in an increasingly secular world.



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