Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (2010), 49, (1), 1–2.

Abstract

1 Editor's Note If one can judge from the increase in the number and quality of submissions to Québec Studies, this is a very good time for the field. In order to respond to this increase and avoid lengthy delays in publishing accepted articles, we are again publishing a hefty volume. A number of these articles are revised versions of papers presented at the joint ACQS/ACSUS Conference in No­ vember of 2008, held on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of Québec. We gratefully acknowledge a conference grant from the Government of Canada, which helped support this issue. We also thank the Government of Québec for its generous funding. For close to thirty years, the two governments have been more than funding partners— they have been advocates and friends. Thank you. This issue opens with a special dossier compiled by Lise Gauvin on Québec literature's relationship with other francophone literatures. A lead­ ing expert on minority literatures in French, Professor Gauvin presents this dossier by putting it in the context of the debate launched by the publica­ tion of the 2007 manifesto "Pour une littérature-monde en français." The four articles cover the relationship with Belgian writing (Biron), Antillean and American poetry (Combe), and other Franco-Canadian literatures (Doyon-Gosselin), as well as a study of the institutionalization of Québec literature (Cambron). Judging the "Littérature-monde" notion "francocentriste," Gauvin prefers to see the circulation of francophone texts in the relational terms of Edouard Glissant's theory of "rhizome" so as to preserve cultural, historical, and linguistic distinctiveness. The second group of articles was compiled by our Associate Editor for Social Sciences, Kevin Christiano, and constitutes an in-depth study of de­ velopments in Quebec's foreign and domestic policy initiatives. David G. Haglund and Justin Massie's essay takes as its starting point the contro­ versy sparked by the Harper government's declaration that 1608 marks the founding of Canada, not just Québec, and examines how the French colo­ nial past influences the strategic culture of Québec and Canada. The next two articles read together provide a comprehensive study of the debate over how immigrants integrate into Québec society and will be of great use to anglophone scholars and students. Charles Sancy Herrera and Guy Lachapelle's article on the "reasonable accommodations" debate focuses on the pronouncements of politicians and public opinion polls. They offer astute analyses of the Bouchard-Taylor Commissions deliberations and the Charest government's policy on the integration of immigrants. Darryl Leroux also studies the "reasonable accommodations" issue, looking at the differences between the Canadian discourse on multiculturalism and Que­ bec's discourse on interculturalism, before arriving at the conclusion that the whole debate continues racialized and gendered discourses about dif­ ference that uphold the rights and privileges of the French-Canadian Qué­ bécois subject. The last group of articles explore diverse topics. William J. Berg studies how fiction and painting participate in the construction of French-

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Moss, Jane