Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (2011), 52, (1), 1–2.


1 Editor's Note This issue of Québec Studies is devoted primarily to "Religion in Qué­ bec." Religion is a subject that is taking on a growing importance in discus­ sions of Québec, whether they involve plans for how best to preserve the historical institutions that are central to its Roman Catholic heritage or de­ 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 Québec. One need only witness two other special publications on religion in Québec: "La religion au Québec: Regards croisés sur une intrigue moderne," a recent double issue of Globe: Revue internationale d'Études québécoises 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 com­ piled articles by some of Quebec's most respected experts in the field, along with articles by emerging scholars. Associate Editor Kevin Christiano, him­ self a distinguished scholar and expert on the sociology of religion, has been responsible for this dossier. Lefebvre and Geoffroy have written an Intro­ duction to the dossier, which explains how these articles focus on the diver­ sity of contemporary Québec 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 stra­ tegy of the Québec 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 Québec history and politics, plus two literary reviews -one on a collection of essays focused on literary relations between Québec and francophone Europe and another on an anthology of Acadian literature. Québec Studies scholars should find all of these reviews useful. In Memoriam Recently, the American Council for Québec 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.

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