This issue of QuÃ©bec Studies begins with a special dossier on
North-South Circus Circulations compiled by Louis Patrick Leroux.
It includes Lerouxâ€™s lengthy historical introduction to circus history
in QuÃ©bec, Charles Batsonâ€™s study of pop diva Pinkâ€™s use of circus
techniques in her arena concerts, Lerouxâ€™s analysis of Cirque du
Soleilâ€™s experiences in Los Angeles, a panel discussion with American
circus performers in Montreal, and reviews of four shows from the
inaugural Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival by circus scholars
CarlosAlexis Cruz, Ray GÃ³mez-Cruz, Charles Batson, and Zita
Nyarady. QuÃ©bec Studies is pleased to bring this informative dossier
to our readers who will find that North American circus culture
goes far beyond Cirque du Soleil.
Turning from performance culture in QuÃ©bec, Eric Spaldingâ€™s
article on the requirements for French-language vocal music on
commercial radio sheds light on an interesting aspect of cultural and
linguistic politics in Canada. The last section includes essays on the
April 2014 election by Marc T. Boucher and Antonia Maioni, astute
observers of QuÃ©bec party politics and political culture. The volume
concludes with the Book Review section edited by Patrice Proulx.
Future volumes of QuÃ©bec Studies will include a special dossier on
Womenâ€™s Writing and Cinema compiled by Professors Bill Marshall
and Gill Rye. We also expect to publish a number of articles from
the Montreal ACQS Conference, including some from the â€œQueer
QuÃ©bec Colloquiumâ€ organized by Denis Provencher, Charles Batson,
and a number of QuÃ©bec Studies editorial board members.
The Executive Board of ACQS would like to pay tribute to two of
our members who have passed away recently. Professor Ã‰mile Talbot
of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign joined ACQS
in the early 1980s and served as Vice-President and then President,
as well as Book Review Editor and Editor of the journal. He was
a brilliant scholar and teacher, a selfless mentor and colleague, and
a devoted husband and father. We also mourn the loss of Professor
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