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Québec’s new regional fiction: Louise Penny and Johanne Seymour


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.


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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 5, 2021
Publication Date Sep 27, 2021
Journal British Journal of Canadian Studies
Print ISSN 0269-9222
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 2
Pages 225-240
Keywords Eastern Townships, murder mystery, Louise Penny, Johanne Seymour
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