Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (2002), 34, (1), 1

Abstract

1 Editor's Note In this issue, we begin what we hope will be a series of re-assessments of the Quiet Revolution, its origins and impact on Quebec life. Historiography has become one of the liveliest areas of Quebec scholarship in recent years. While revisionist accounts of everything from the genealogy of the "nation" to the "normality" of Quebec's historical development in relation to other North American or European societies continue to appear, historians are also taking a step back from these debates to look at the history of the quar­ rels themselves as a phenomenon worthy of investigation and reflection. In this issue we offer two complementary contributions to a rethinking of the Quiet Revolution and its aftermath which derive from a conference held at Plattsburgh State University on the initiative of Donald Cuccioletta and Martin Lubin. First, Brian Tanguay explores the neglected role of labor in recent accounts of the Quiet Revolution's origins. Joseph LeMay then sur­ veys the changes that have occurred since 1960 in the business environment of Quebec's smallar cities, which also tend to be neglected in the under­ standable focus on the more familiar case of Montreal. Two articles reach further back into Quebec's cultural past. Lisa Gasbarrone examines some of the narrative strategies of F.-X. Garneau's Histoire du Canada. In the self-consciousness about the author's position and the relativity of scholarly viewpoints, it reflects more directly the historiographical turn I have mentioned. Perhaps no historical concept has been more contested than that of modernity, and Emile Talbot deepens our appreciation for the delicacy required for it through his analysis of Robert Choquette's "modern" urban fables of the Depression era. Victor-Laurent Tremblay's discussion of one of the most taught of Quebec novels (at least in English Canada), Roch Carrier's La Guerre, yes, sir!, might well form part of a literary re-assessment of the Quiet Revolution and the changing image of Quebec, especially now that an image from another Carrier text, Le Chandail de hockey, adorns the Canadian five-dollar bill. Finally, Pascal Riendeau brings us back to the present with a searching analysis of Michel Tremblay's most recent autobiographical fiction, his play Encore une fois, si vous permettez. As a bonus, we present a comprehensive index of what we have pub­ lished in volumes 22-33 of Québec Studies. We trust our readers will find this a valuable resource for their own research. Patrick Coleman Editor in Chief

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