This issue of QuÃ©bec Studies is devoted primarily to "Religion in QuÃ©Â
bec." Religion is a subject that is taking on a growing importance in discusÂ
sions of QuÃ©bec, whether they involve plans for how best to preserve the
historical institutions that are central to its Roman Catholic heritage or deÂ
bates over how to promote recognition and inclusion for the expanding
range of world faiths that are represented in its population. It ought to
come as no surprise, then, that scholars around North America are devoting
greater attention to religious facts and issues in their research about QuÃ©bec.
One need only witness two other special publications on religion in QuÃ©bec:
"La religion au QuÃ©bec: Regards croisÃ©s sur une intrigue moderne," a recent
double issue of Globe: Revue internationale d'Ã‰tudes quÃ©bÃ©coises 10.2-11.1
(2007); and a forthcoming special issue of Recherches sociographiques 52.3
(2011), a leading French-language journal of social science. For this special
dossier of our journal, Solange Lefebvre and Martin Geoffroy have comÂ
piled articles by some of Quebec's most respected experts in the field, along
with articles by emerging scholars. Associate Editor Kevin Christiano, himÂ
self a distinguished scholar and expert on the sociology of religion, has been
responsible for this dossier. Lefebvre and Geoffroy have written an IntroÂ
duction to the dossier, which explains how these articles focus on the diverÂ
sity of contemporary QuÃ©bec religious and spiritual practices.
In addition to the Religion dossier, volume 52 includes two articles by
young scholars. Myra Bloom's essay is a close reading of the 1995 novel
Soifs, which she sees as a good example of the feminist literary praxis called
paratactics. Ellen Huijgh's article is a study of the public diplomacy straÂ
tegy of the QuÃ©bec government in the international arena.
The final section of this volume includes eight book reviews. Edited
by Patrice Proulx, these reviews cover a wide-range of topics from QuÃ©bec
history and politics, plus two literary reviews -one on a collection of essays
focused on literary relations between QuÃ©bec and francophone Europe and
another on an anthology of Acadian literature. QuÃ©bec Studies scholars
should find all of these reviews useful.
Recently, the American Council for QuÃ©bec Studies has lost three great
friends, C. Stewart Doty, Martin Lubin, and Ben-Z. Shek.
Professor Doty, a historian at the University of Maine at Orono from
1964 until his retirement in 1995, taught French and European history as
well as the history of French-speaking North Americans. ACQS members
may best remember Doty as a pioneer in the history of French speakers in
the United States. Doty's work in the field led him to produce The First
Franco-Americans: New England Life Histories from the Federal Writers' Project,
1938-1939 (U Maine P, 1985) and Acadian Hard Times: The Farm Security Administration in Maine's St. John Valley, 1940-1943 (U Maine P, 1991). He
served on the executive board of ACQS in the 1980s, including a term as
President. Friends and colleagues will remember him for his wonderful
sense of humor as well as his service to the discipline.