Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (1984), 2, (1), 0–2.


Editor's Note In editing the first issue of Québec Studies not devoted to the simple reproduction of conference proceedings, I have been forced to think through some stylistic issues peculiar to enter­ prises concerning Québec and Canada. Not the least of these is the use of the accent in the word Québec. The choice to retain this accent in the journal's title and in the articles them­ selves is certainly not a political decision—political decisions in this area are best made by the people concerned and not by a group of American academics, however well-informed we think we may be. Nor is it simply a matter of what in my field is called déformation professionnelle—which, in this case, could be translated as an obsession with putting French accents in everywhere. Rather, this spelling of Québec, in addition to being accurate, serves to place the accent on an aspect of Que­ bec's uniqueness which accounts for much of its interest to American scholars: the fact that it is a largely Francophone province. Most of the articles in this issue involve this "French fact" in one way or another, many—and not only those on the literary side—taking the use of the French language in Québec as a point of departure. The fact of Quebec's linguistic and cultural uniqueness is the thread which runs through the first three articles in the issue, each of which analyzes responses to Québec by some of its near neighbors. Joseph LeMay's study of the reactions of American businesses operating in Québec to potentially re­ strictive federal and provincial policies provides a hard factual look at the realities of a situation more often discussed in terms of political mythologies. LeMay's research takes on particular significance at a time when the provisions of Law 101 are again being re-evaluated in Québec. Alfred Hero moves beyond a uniquely business-oriented perspective to speculate on the broader issues of American response to an often-misunderstood neighbor—misunderstood, in large part, because of cultural barriers which do not exist in the case of Anglophone Canada.

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Green, Mary