Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (1991), 13, (1), 0


EDITOR'S NOTE The province of Quebec and the nation of Canada stand at the crossroads of their respective political histories. As Quebec moves closer to a fall 1992 referendum on sovereignty or, failing that, on some federal compromise proposal that Premier Bourassa believes he can sell in Quebec, the conflicting visions of Canadian and Québécois nationalism have become ever more apparent. At the base of this current clash of nationalisms is, Kenneth McRoberts, Louis M. Imbeau and Guy Laforest argue, a fundamental disagreement over the meaning and purpose of Quebec's desired "distinct society" status within Canada. This issue of Québec Studies highlights the on-going political discussions, negotiations, and stances taken with regard to the "distinct society" concept. Surveying a thirty-year history of developing nationalisms, Kenneth McRoberts insists on the different positions of Canadian and Québécois nationalists vis-à-vis the decentralization of power in Canada and the request for special status accorded to Quebec. In their complementary essay, Louis M. Imbeau and Guy Laforest examine the incompatibility of political dualism and recognition of Quebec as a "distinct society" with the "prevailing visions of nationhood and national security in Canada outside Quebec." In the literary and linguistic section of volume 13, contributors deal with the diverse issues of intextuality, political discourse and social conscience, polysémie word play, orality, and translation. Mark Bell discusses the significance of the proustian intertext in Gabrielle Roy's works and in her reflections on writing. André Marquis addresses the relationship of writing and politics in the poetry and fiction of Gerald Godin, while Roseanna Lewis Dufault discusses L'Ange de la solitude and places Blais's view of female creativity in the context of late twentieth-century social and political oppressions. Moving from the political to the textual, Henri Servin offers a distinctly poetic reading of Nicole Brossard's contemporary feminist classic, Le Désert mauve. Greg Lessard draws upon recent sociolinguistic models to examine the implications of orality in Gérard Bessette's La Bagarre and Michel Tremblay's La Grosse Femme d'à côté est enceinte. The section concludes with Michael Cronin's analysis of the role of translation as game in the works of Réjean Ducharme and Gérard Bessette. In the final section on film and music, Mary Jean Green reviews filmmaker Claude Jutra's documentary realism in light of French nouvelle vague aesthetics. And Françoise Têtu de Labsade comments on various aspects of améneanité in contemporary songs and songwriting from Quebec. Volume 14 of Québec Studies will feature a special section on "Cultural Pluralism in Quebec." Volume 15 will focus on "Writing Today: The New Generation." In addition to the announced dossiers, the editors invite submissions from all fields.

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