Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (2005), 40, (1), 1–2.


1 Editor's Note This issue is the fortieth published by Québec Studies since its founding in 1983. Much has happened in Québec over that period, and this journal has sought to provide a forum of scholarship and discussion for those changes in Québec society. While part of the journal's mission is to contribute to re­ search on Quebec's past, something that is reflected in our articles on liter­ ature, society, and history from New France to the Révolution tranquille, we have also made an effort to analyze cultural developments as they occur. Québec Studies has published numerous quality papers on contemporary Québec literature and cinema and has explored a variety of issues such as constitutional policy, political realignments, education reform, urban devel­ opment, energy policy, economics, health care, ethnicity, and demography. Special dossiers have covered such topics as language and law, the October Crisis, cultural pluralism, and the 1995 referendum, not to mention literary topics such as écriture migrante. We have periodically published special is­ sues, most recently on Québec and postcolonialism. Our next special num­ ber will be devoted to Quebec's water policy, primarily concerning the St. Lawrence and its relation to the Great Lakes basin. Québec Studies has also welcomed scholarship on North American francophone culture outside Québec. The fourth issue of the journal in­ cluded a special dossier on Antonine Maillet, and articles on francophone literature from the Canadian west have appeared since (including one in this issue). Conversely, we are not inattentive to anglophone Québec litera­ ture, having published a dossier on writing in English in Québec as well as separate articles on Gail Scott. The past forty issues are a testament to the vitality of the field and the energy and excitement it has generated. In this issue, we feature a small dossier, organized by Marie Cusson, in which the authors explore encounters with and within the city. Marie Cusson's essay shows how, in the stories of Delisle and Lalonde, Montreal is represented as a lieu de rencontre with alterity. Estelle Dansereau focuses on the status of middle-aged urban women in Claire Martin's short stories and explores how the normalizing gaze of others functions to define them in terms of their bodies. Pamela Sing analyzes how a Québécois (Jacques Ferron), an anglophone Canadian writing in French (Nancy Huston), and a Franco-Albertan (Paulette Blanchette-Dubé) write the city of Edmonton. Urban issues emerge as well in Katharine Harrington's essay, which focuses on Régine Robin's experience as a writer whose nomadism translates into a form of writing that logically extends to her Web site. Three articles offer fresh appraisals of significant issues in religious, cultural, and intellectual history. Leslie Choquette examines the efforts to convert Protestants and especially Amerindians in New France, showing how Jesuits acquired the linguistic and cultural knowledge necessary to de­ vise successful conversion strategies, but were not averse to bribery on oc­ casion, and seemed content to accept outward conformity. Neal Baker looks at the Marvel comics series Alpha Flight to examine the representation

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