A Nouveau Roman de la route: Marc Séguin’s La foi du braconnier and the Challenge of Rewriting

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Monash University
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australian Journal of French Studies, 2017, 54 (1), pp. 96 - 109
Issue Date:
2017-04-25
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Québécois novelist Marc Séguin’s La foi du braconnier (2009) is a road novel, an iconic American genre centred on the youthful quest for purpose and permissible rebellion against societal norms, reminiscent of Franco-American Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Far from being just another imitator of this genre-defining novel, Séguin’s tale of a Québécois-Mohawk poacher who decides to drive a route that spells out FUCK YOU on the North American continent also draws on elements of the Nouveau Roman to posit a fraught relationship between the acts of writing and driving that are central to the road genre. The novel’s fragmented narration in particular suggests that the self-expression and personal freedom sought on the road are illusory goals.
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