This issue of QuÃ©bec Studies opens with a special dossier on â€œWomenâ€™s
Writing and Filmmaking in QuÃ©bec,â€ compiled and presented by
a distinguished pair of UK scholars, Bill Marshall and Gill Rye.
The articles cover a variety of genres and authors and point to the
diversity of critical approaches to the cultural production of women.
The dossier comes out of a May 2013 conference at the University of
London, which brought doctoral and post-doctoral students (MariÃ¨ve
MarÃ©chale, Sarah Henzi, Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand) together with
more experienced scholars ( Julie Rodgers, Rachel Killick). ACQS
members will find it interesting to see how QuÃ©bec literary studies
have expanded beyond North America.
The four articles that make up the rest of the volume display
the same breadth of QuÃ©bec cultural production and mix of new
and familiar scholarly voices. Tara Smithson reads Roch Carrierâ€™s
La Guerre, Yes Sir! as a narrative of decolonization with particular
emphasis on the soldierâ€™s corpse as a symbol of the national body.
Nancy Arenberg analyzes Monique Boscoâ€™s La Femme de Loth in light
of the authorâ€™s childhood experience of traumatic loss as an Austrian
Jew forced into exile by Nazi policies. Jane Koustas examines how
three productions by Robert Lepage represent the First Nations
presence by reinforcing romantic stereotypes of the Noble Savage.
Tom Carr presents an annoted transcription of a previously unknown
1711 text by two hospital nuns at the HÃ´tel-Dieu de QuÃ©bec, which
may be Canadaâ€™s first literary fiction.
Earlier this year, the QuÃ©bec Studies community was distressed
to learn of the Couillard governmentâ€™s decision to cut funding for
the Association internationale des Ã©tudes quÃ©bÃ©coises. Over the
years, Robert LalibertÃ©, Francesca Bourgault, and AIÃ‰Q have been
our partners and collaborators in promoting the academic study of
QuÃ©bec and building networks of scholars. The financial support
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