This issue of QuÃ©bec Studies includes articles that analyze literature from
the colonial period through the present, an interview with author GaÃ©tan
Brulotte, a pair of articles that look at h o w Q u Ã© b e c sovereignists view
Canadian federalism and h o w university students from R O C (the rest of
C a n a d a ) see QuÃ©bec, and analyses of the 2007 elections and Q u e b e c ' s relaÂ
tions with the United States. M y illustrious predecessor, Emile Talbot, and
m y wonderful associate editor, Kevin Christiano, are responsible for seeing
these articles through the process from submission to revision to editing.
The first piece is part of a larger project undertaken b y T h o m a s Carr
to extend the study of Q u Ã© b e c w o m e n writers b a c k to the colonial period.
Carr reads the w o r k s of Canadian n u n s as examples of colonialist rhetoric
rather than spiritual discourse. T h e s e early French-Canadian w o m e n wrote
to promote their religious orders and to justify the imposition of European
culture onto the colonized territory. H e includes an excellent bibliography
that should encourage further study of an important, but little k n o w n
corpus of w o m e n ' s writing.
The next three pieces bring us up to the last three decades. Sandrina
Joseph's article analyzes the diary written b y poet Marie U g u a y as she
faced a premature death from b o n e cancer in 1981, at age twenty-six. Joseph
presents U g u a y ' s Journal as an intimate look at her writing process, an
excruciating account o f her losing battle against disease, and a poignant
confession of her secret passion for the doctor treating her. Kirsty Bell
focuses on Nicolas D i c k n e r ' s award-winning 2005 novel Nikolski. Invoking
Michel Foucault's concept of "heterotopic," Bell calls the eclectic novel a
"texte-collection," a decentered novel structured like m u s e u m collections.
Steven Urquhart's interview with GaÃ©tan Brulotte is an interesting converÂ
sation about Brulotte's scholarship as well as his o w n writing practices.
"FloribÃ©cois" (a QuÃ©bÃ©cois in Florida) Brulotte has continued to pursue his
career as an award-winning nouvelliste and dramatist, while teaching and
writing scholarly essays.
Two of the social science articles focus on h o w y o u n g people in the
rest of C a n a d a see Q u Ã© b e c and h o w y o u n g Q u Ã© b e c sovereignists see CanaÂ
dian federalism. Scott Piroth and D a v i d Jackson analyze the results of their
surveys of the attitudes of Canadian university students toward QuÃ©bec,
confirming their hypothesis that those w h o have a better knowledge of the
French language and m o r e contact with Francophones are m o r e likely to
have positive attitudes toward Q u Ã© b e c . Andrea Perrella and Ã‰ric BÃ©langer
survey the attitudes of y o u n g Q u Ã© b e c sovereignists toward Canadian fedÂ
eralism, noting that c o m m i t m e n t to sovereignty is not particularly inÂ
formed by deep understanding of the federalist system.
The second two social science articles deal with internal and external
politics. J a m e s P. Allan and Richard Vengroff analyze the relative strengths
of Q u e b e c ' s political parties and the results of the 2007 election. S o m e of
their conclusions had to b e re-considered in light of the 2008 election. Earl
H. Fry's contribution concludes this v o l u m e with an in-depth study of QueÂ
bec's relations with the states of the U.S. federal system. A longtime ob-