voids attempt to "annihilate" the story; that in the second they serve discursive and diegetic purposes.
In the second essay on LÃ©a Pool's La Femme de l'hÃ´tel 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 QuÃ©bec
at odds with those outside forces bent on its undoing. Adrian Van Den Hoven compares Le DÃ©clin de
l'empire amÃ©ricain with The Big Chill, arguing that the QuÃ©bec 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 FranÃ§ois Paradis in the role of
Mario. Finally, Joseph Donohoe succeeds in putting Micheline LanctÃ´t'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 LanctÃ´t'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 QuÃ©bec
film and should appear on the syllabus of any course in Canadian or QuÃ©bÃ©cois studies.
Bowling Green State University
Henry A. Garrity
BRUNET, MANON, et al. Bibliographie des Ã©tudes quÃ©bÃ©coises sur l'imprimÃ©, 1970-1987. MontrÃ©al:
BibliothÃ¨que nationale du QuÃ©bec, 1991. Pp. 124.
Bibliography of books and articles on the production, distribution, and consumption of printed matter
CHARLEBOIS, PIERRE ALFRED, trans. Pierre DesRuisseaux and FranÃ§ois LanctÃ´t. 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'AvÃ¨nement de la linotype: Le cas de MontrÃ©al Ã la fin du X/Xe siÃ¨cle.
MontrÃ©al: VLB Ã©diteur, 1992. Pp. 150.
The impact of the linotype machine on publishing, and its social ramifications.
FREDETTE, NATHALIE, ed. MontrÃ©al en prose, 1892-1992. MontrÃ©al: L'Hexagone, 1992. Pp. 507.
An anthology of texts by both francophone and anglophone writers (the English texts are translated into
French) dealing with MontrÃ©al 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'UniversitÃ© du QuÃ©bec, 1991. Pp. 232.
A solid and meticulous demographic study based on 35,000 certificates of baptism, marriage and burial
registered with the parish of QuÃ©bec 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 ANDRÃ‰ PARADIS. Trois siÃ¨cles d'histoire mÃ©dicale au QuÃ©bec: Chronologie des
institutions et des pratiques (1639'ÎŠ939). MontrÃ©al: VLB, 1992. Pp. 530.