Quebec Studies

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Quebec Studies (1992), 14, (1), 149–150.


149 voids attempt to "annihilate" the story; that in the second they serve discursive and diegetic purposes. In the second essay on Léa Pool's La Femme de l'hôtel and Anne Trister, Janis Pallister postulates a cinematic structure based on triangulation lying at the center of the narrative. Her analysis implies a three-cornered meaning of art, love and the object of desire (art, amour, Alix), wrapped in the main character's personal quest for identity in new surroundings. The final group of essays is devoted to a series of analyses of individual films. The first, by Richard Vernier, deals with Le Matou which the author, after comparing the film and its literary source, sees as a metaphor of good against evil, of modern Québec at odds with those outside forces bent on its undoing. Adrian Van Den Hoven compares Le Déclin de l'empire américain with The Big Chill, arguing that the Québec film describes the same economic class as the American, thus underlining the material success of the Quiet Revolution. The group of university intellectuals, who feel as at home in the States as in Quebec, are nonetheless ill at ease in the presence of an icon of their society's collective past, a modern reincarnation of François Paradis in the role of Mario. Finally, Joseph Donohoe succeeds in putting Micheline Lanctôt's Sonatine into a context of urban society which having abandoned its past, is indifferent to the fate of two young girls who commit suicide unintentionally. Donohoe compares Lanctôt's pointed social message to themes echoed in contemporary films, Le Natou and Le Crime d'Ovide Plouffe, whose vocation is principally entertainment. This collection of essays represents an important contribution to the critical literature of Québec film and should appear on the syllabus of any course in Canadian or Québécois studies. Bowling Green State University Henry A. Garrity BRIEFLY NOTED BRUNET, MANON, et al. Bibliographie des études québécoises sur l'imprimé, 1970-1987. Montréal: Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, 1991. Pp. 124. Bibliography of books and articles on the production, distribution, and consumption of printed matter in Québec. CHARLEBOIS, PIERRE ALFRED, trans. Pierre DesRuisseaux and François Lanctôt. La Vie de Louis Kiel Montreal: VLB, 1991. Pp. 377. A French translation of Charlebois' biography, first published by N.C. Press, in Toronto. Riel is here presented and defended as a Canadian patriot. DANSEREAU, BERNARD. L'Avènement de la linotype: Le cas de Montréal à la fin du X/Xe siècle. Montréal: VLB éditeur, 1992. Pp. 150. The impact of the linotype machine on publishing, and its social ramifications. FREDETTE, NATHALIE, ed. Montréal en prose, 1892-1992. Montréal: L'Hexagone, 1992. Pp. 507. An anthology of texts by both francophone and anglophone writers (the English texts are translated into French) dealing with Montréal over the past century. The texts are organized thematically and are preceded by a substantial introduction by the editor. GAUVREAU, DANIELLE. Quebec Une ville et sa population au temps de la Nouvelle France. Sillery: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 1991. Pp. 232. A solid and meticulous demographic study based on 35,000 certificates of baptism, marriage and burial registered with the parish of Québec between 1621 and 1765. Gauvreau provides a wealth of information on couples (nuptiality rates, average ages of men and women at marriage, size of families by social class, length of marriages, level and length of widowhood, rate of remarriage, child mortality rates, etc.). Numerous charts and graphs make the material easy to access. (E.J.T.) GOULET, DENIS and ANDRÉ PARADIS. Trois siècles d'histoire médicale au Québec: Chronologie des institutions et des pratiques (1639'Ί939). Montréal: VLB, 1992. Pp. 530.

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