Quebec Studies

Editors Note

Quebec Studies (1996), 22, (1), 104–105.

Abstract

104 Editor's Note Editors Note This volume of QUEBEC STUDIES is my first as Editor, and following as it does upon the Index to the first twenty volumes of the journal, the responsibilities and opportunities before me are very clear indeed. Quite apart from its impor­ tance as a research aid, the Index has the virtue of offering its readers a panoramic view of the activities of Quebec studies scholars and the role that the journal has played in representing and shaping these. What is striking to me is not only the manner in which QUEBEC STUDIES has taken up consistent­ ly the key questions confronting Quebec society over the past fifteen years, but its success in balancing these with studies of lesser-known issues and personali­ ties, be they in the past or emerging in our own time. I do believe that our "American lens" has often framed issues in a manner that opens up new avenues of inquiry or suggests critical relationships that may otherwise have escaped notice. In building upon the accomplishments of my predecessors, I intend to pursue two principal orientations. The first derives from QUEBEC STUDIES' uniqueness as the sole academic journal produced outside Quebec and devoted entirely to the study of that society. That the journal has devel­ oped south of the border is certainly the result of the large number of acade­ mics teaching courses and conducting research on Quebec in the United States, but this should not obscure the importance Quebec studies have been acquir­ ing in other countries. Thus, the appointment of three new members to our Editorial Board from Belgium, Mexico, and Poland is more than symbolic, since each new member is a recognized scholar in her or his own right. At the same time, these appointments are meant to signal that our understanding of the historical, cultural, and political dynamics underlying the issues confronting Quebec today can only benefit from a broadened international perspective. Sec­ ondly, QUEBEC STUDIES has always prided itself upon being an multidisciplinary journal. My objective in enhancing this aspect of our work will be not only to feature articles from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives that address a specific topic or theme, but to elaborate structures and formats that allow these texts to speak more directly to each other and especially to encour­ age submissions that make use of multidisciplinary research methods. The three dossiers in the current issue illustrate how these objectives may begin to be put into practice. "Carnal Knowledges" groups three submissions on liter­ ary figures that bring to bear theoretical acquistions in the study of gender and sexuality on more established perspectives in literary and film theory. Each of these studies—a strong reading of the homoerotics of Andre Roy's poetry as embedded within a rigorous formal project; a re-evaluation of the double in the work of Louise Maheux-Forcier within the framework of a crisis of lesbian visi­ bility; and a revealing re-reading of Anne Hébert that successfully disrupts the presumed continuities of sex, gender, and sexuality to produce a new apprecia­ tion of the most written-about writer in the first twenty volumes of the journal! "An Eye to the Present" groups two studies in communication and public administration that may initially seem far removed from each other. Nonethe­ less, "lessons for the United States" proposed in the investigation of Quebec's

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Schwartzwald, Robert