While QuÃ©bec Studies has from its inception been open to the representation
of scholarship on music, it has until now published but four articles in this
field. This issue goes some way towards remedying this lack by publishing
six articles on music, five of them in a special dossier on la chanson quÃ©bÃ©coise coordinated and introduced by our colleague Johanne MelanÃ§on of
Laurentian University. We are grateful to her for her assistance in this enterprise. This rich dossier is complemented by Jean Nicolas de Surmont's
essay on the use of song in the first half of the twentieth century as a pedagogical device for promoting traditional French-Canadian values.
Additionally, we are pleased to offer our second article on Fernand
Dumont, the late QuÃ©bÃ©cois sociologist and philosopher whose work is increasingly attracting scholarly research. Julien Massicotte explores his
legacy among contemporary QuÃ©bec intellectuals. Our literary offerings include Ã‰lise Lepage's study of the critical reception (particularly its intertextual dimensions) of three canonical QuÃ©bec novels in anglophone Canada,
and Jonathan Livernois's inquiry into the movement to modernity in Pierre
de GrandprÃ©'s La Patience des justes, which he sees as participating in a reflection of QuÃ©bec society's difficult passage into adulthood. We conclude
the issue with John Erik Fossum and David G. Haglund's essay exploring
the proposal that the model for a separation of QuÃ©bec from Canada could
be Norway's seemingly uncomplicated separation from Sweden in 1905.
The authors caution that the conditions prevailing and the institutions
involved were very different than those obtaining in QuÃ©bec and address
further the question of the EU as a model for post-separation relations between QuÃ©bec and Canada.
This issue marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of QuÃ©bec Studies. This
should be cause for celebration, but also an occasion for recognizing the
many colleagues who, for a quarter of a century, have donated their time
and energy by serving as editors and editorial board members as part of a
group effort to develop a distinguished, internationally recognized journal.
This issue also marks my last as editor. It has been an honor to have worked
with Jane Moss as managing editor, Kevin Christiano as associate editor, and
Vincent Desroches and Patrice Proulx as review editors. They have been
responsible and generous colleagues. The journal will now be edited by
Jane Moss who has been its managing editor for thirteen years. Well-known
to members of ACQS and a highly respected scholar, she possesses a knowledge of QuÃ©bec society that is both broad and deep. QuÃ©bec Studies is
indeed fortunate that she has agreed to lead it into its next quarter century.