Morgan, C (2021) Québec’s new regional fiction: Louise Penny and Johanne Seymour. British Journal of Canadian Studies, 33 (2). pp. 225-240. ISSN 0269-9222

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Louise Penny’s Still Life (2005) and Johanne Seymour’s Le Cri du cerf (2005) are both murder-mysteries set in the Eastern Townships, in south-eastern and south-central Québec. Much of the region borders the United States. To varying degrees, the border makes its presence felt in the novels by Penny and Seymour, along with other landmarks familiar to domestic audiences. This article argues that the apparent situatedness of the texts is, however, challenged by their adherence to the formal conventions of the murder-mystery and associated subgenres. In so doing, it claims that Still Life and Le Cri du cerf foster multi-layered readings which, in bringing together the hyper-local and the international, prompt a reconsideration of understandings of regional fiction.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Eastern Townships, murder mystery, Louise Penny, Johanne Seymour
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 09:19
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 10:15

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