The special focus section of Volume 14 is devoted to issues of cultural
pluralism that are emerging in an increasingly multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural
Quebec. From Poland, Josef Kwaterko underscores the importance of culturally
diverse literary readings and classroom discussions for immigrant students as well
as for students born in Quebec who are interacting in a changing ethno-cultural
environment. Robert BerrouÃ«t-Oriol and Robert Fournier collaborate on a study
of the publishing patterns and subject matter of recent immigrant writing in
Quebec. Simon Harel discusses the conflicting psychological state and unique
cultural concerns the immigrant who writes in French often must face.
The remaining essays in this section by Lucie Lequin, Christi Verduyn,
and Jack Yeager examine the works of a number of immigrant women writers whose
various ethnic identities and cultural ties outside Quebec have given rise to new
themes and points of view in Quebec's literary landscape. All three critics note the
significance of the themes of exile, nostalgia, and recovery of cultural identity in
the works discussed.
In our general literary studies section, David Leahy gives a Baktinian
reading to Jean-Jules Richard's Le Feu dans l'amiante, GÃ©rard Bessette's La Bagarre,
and Pierre GÃ©linas's Les Vivants, les morts et les autres? Michael Klementowicz offers
a feminist approach to Jacques Godbout's contemporary classic Salut Gahmeau!
Two contemporary Canadian and QuÃ©bÃ©cois plays are examined in AndrÃ© Loiselle's
comparative study of Normand Chaurette's Provincetown Phyhouse, juillet 1919,
j'avais 19 ans and Sharon Pollock's Biood Reiations. And BÃ©nÃ©dicte MaugiÃ¨re
considers the construction and meaning of feminine mythology in HÃ©lÃ¨ne Ouvrard's
Le Corps Ã©tranger.
Our issue concludes with William Averyt's cogent analysis of recent
economic developments in Quebec's energy industries and their implications for
future economic planning and activity.
Volume 15 of QuÃ©bec Studies will feature a special dossier on "Writing
Today: The New Generation."