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 quarÂ
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 surÂ
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 underÂ
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 pubÂ
lished in volumes 22-33 of QuÃ©bec Studies. We trust our readers will find this
a valuable resource for their own research.
Editor in Chief