Australian Journal of French Studies

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

Australian Journal of French Studies (2017), 54, (1), 96–109.

Abstract

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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Robert, Julie