Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (2014), 58, (1), 1–2.

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Editor’s Note Editor’s Note This issue of Québec Studies begins with a special dossier on North-South Circus Circulations compiled by Louis Patrick Leroux. It includes Leroux’s lengthy historical introduction to circus history in Québec, Charles Batson’s study of pop diva Pink’s use of circus techniques in her arena concerts, Leroux’s analysis of Cirque du Soleil’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 Gómez-Cruz, Charles Batson, and Zita Nyarady. Québec 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 Québec, Eric Spalding’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 Québec party politics and political culture. The volume concludes with the Book Review section edited by Patrice Proulx. Future volumes of Québec Studies will include a special dossier on Women’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 “Queer Québec Colloquium” organized by Denis Provencher, Charles Batson, and a number of Québec 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 Émile 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 Québec Studies, 58 doi:10.3828/qs.2014.15

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Moss, Jane