Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (1990), 10, (1), 0

Abstract

vi EDITOR'S NOTE With more than 40 works of fiction, poetry, and drama to her credit, and with more than a dozen major prizes highlighting her literary accomplishments, Marie-Claire Biais needs no introduction. Our special focus on her work in this issue recognizes the tremendous breadth of her literary activities as well as the continuity in her artistic development. Essays by Marie Couillard, Janine Ricouart, and Paula Gilbert Lewis discuss aspects of her private and dramatic writings commonly overlooked by Biais scholars. Michael Lynn Ramberg's origi­ nal essay on La Belie Bête offers a new reading that situates Blais's celebrated first novel with respect to her more recent feminist-inspired fiction. Dianne Sears presents a careful reading of the transgressive elements and imagery in Manuscrits de Pauline Archange, while Vincent Nadeau comments on Blais's most recent novel, L'Ange de h. solitude. Ricouart's selected bibliography should be a useful tool for scholars in the field as well as for new readers of Blais's work. The diversity of literary approaches and perspectives in contemporary women's fiction—from realism to experimentalism—is well underscored in essays by Ruth Mésavage, Luise von Flotow, Georgiana Colvile, and Alice Parker on recent fiction by Anne Hébert, Anne Dandurand, Claire Dé, Francine Noël, and Nicole Brassard. Richard Chadbourne's treatment of the fantastic in Tremblay's theatre and David Keypour's analysis of rhetorical strategies in the poetry of Alain Grandbois extend the literary focus to the study of other genres and artistic concerns as well. Essays by Sylvie Guillaume on the discourse of French-Canadian nation­ alisms and by Robert Schwartzwald on the political ideas and cultural impact of Father Marie-Alain Couturier provide important contexts for understanding and reviewing the history of intellectual and political alignments in Quebec prior to the Quiet Revolution. And finally, the work of Yves Rabeau on recent economic trends in Quebec considers the strengths and weaknesses of today's economy along with implications for future economic performance. Returning to a tumultuous period in the political and artistic devel­ opment of modern Quebec, Volume 11 of Québec Studies will feature a special section on "Québec 1970: A Retrospective." Subsequent issues of Québec Studies will include special sections on "Refiguring History in Québec," and "Cultural Pluralism in the New Québec." Manuscripts and proposals should be sent to the editor for consideration. Karen Gould

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