Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (2011), 51, (1), 1–2.


1 Editor's Note This issue of Québec Studies includes essays on a variety of historical, cul­ tural, and social topics — from colonial religious practice to hockey — plus literary studies focusing on famous and not so well-known writers of the last seventy years. Our authors include distinguished specialists from Ca­ nada, the U.S., and Europe, plus new names from the younger generation of quêbécistes. A Book Review section rounds out this volume. We begin with Mary Dunn's study " Ά Devotion Which... Distin­ guishes this People from all Others'— The Cult of Saint Anne and the Mak­ ing of the Colonial Community in Seventeenth-Century New France," which traces this distinctive form of worship back to the voyages of Jacques Cartier himself. Dunn argues "that the conspicuous place of Anne within the context of Catholicism in New France gestures to the ways in which devotion to Anne functioned to draw the boundaries of the colonial com­ munity (to the exclusion of the Iroquois, the English, and the reformed Prot­ estants) and to articulate the identity of the colonial subject as French, Catholic, and bourgeois." Jumping forward several centuries to popular cultural practices that distinguish contemporary Québec, we present Amy J. Ransom's "Lieux de mémoire or Lieux du dollar?: Montreal's Forum, the Canadiens, and Popular Culture" and Natalie Boisvert and Frédéric Boily's "Le phénomène countrywestern au Québec: Aux origines de sa marginalisation." Ransom's analysis examines how Loco Locass's rap-pop anthem "Le But (à la gloire de nos Glorieux)," neo-traditionalist music group Mes Aïeux's "Le Fantôme du Forum," and science-fiction writer Jean-Pierre April's story "Le Fantôme du Forum" promote the notion of the Montreal Forum and the Canadiens as lieux de mémoire, while at the same time, suggesting that these institutions have become lieux du dollar. In their study, Boisvert and Boily suggest that intellectual elites often neglect the enormous popularity of country-western music because it does not conform to their vision of modern Québec culture. The literary essays in Québec Studies 51 cover poetry, theater, novel, short story, and publishing from the 1930s to the present. The section begins with a contribution from Emile J. Talbot (former president of ACQS and editor of this journal) which looks back at the publication of Robert Choquette's Metropolitan Museum, greeted with acclaim in France and Québec in 1931, but then neglected because the poet proposes "to his readers a view of the historical process depleted of any theistic construct." Spanish scholar Maria Pilar Saiz-Cerreda's article, "Gabrielle Roy et les fondements de son "moi": lorsqu'écrire c'est se construire une identité," examines the impor­ tance of the French language to the process of identity construction in Roy's autofictional writings, her letters to her husband and sister, and her autobi­ ography, La détresse et l'enchantement. In their article, "L'héritage de Miron à L'Hexagone," Melanie Beuachemin and Nathalie Watteyne study the con­ tributions of Miron and the writers associated with the publishing house L'Hexagone to the corpus of Québec littérature. Two of our articles deal with aspects of the writing of Michel Tremblay. In her article, "'Out of

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Moss, Jane