Quebec Studies

Editor's Note

Quebec Studies (2013), 55, (1), 1–2.


1 Editor's Note This new issue of Québec Studies opens with three articles analyzing various aspects of Québec drama, poetry, and film. Distinguished theater critic and scholar Hervé Guay opens the volume with a study of Marie Brassard's La noirceur. Guay uses this second play of a trilogy that includes Jimmy and Peepshow to examine the interplay between reality and fiction and the role of the author/performer as "rhapsode." Nicholas Giguère's study of poetry collections published by Les Éditions du Jour shows how paratexts (epi­ graphs, dedications, prefaces) served as a "lieu de sociabilité," creating net­ works for promoting new notions of Québec poetry from 1963 to 1975. Maude Gauthier's article on Denis Villeneuve's film Polytechnique focuses on the "memory work" evident in the press reaction to the film twenty years after the mass killing of women students in order to comment on the relationship between feminism and Québec national heritage. The special dossier on the October Crisis is introduced by Anne Tre­ panier, co-organizer with Patrizia Gentile of the Carleton University collo­ quium on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary, and co-compiler of this group of articles. While the dramatic and traumatic events of October 1970 have been the subject of documentaries, films, novels, plays, and memoirs, and the object of many scholarly studies, I believe that our readers will find new insights into the events in this dossier. Trepanier and Gentile have put together articles that deal with the archival material on the events (Lisa T. Goodyer and Paulette Dozois), the history of the Company of Young Ca­ nadians in militant separatist circles (Kevin Brushett), the role of the Québec courts in the aftermath of October 1970 (Darren J. Pacione), and reactions to the events by Frank Scott (Robert G. May) and the Montreal Italianlanguage newspapers (Patrizia Gentile). The sudden death on March 14, 2013 of Paul Rose, one of the FLQ members convicted of murdering Pierre Laporte, should heighten interest in this special dossier. The volume concludes with a number of book reviews. Marc T. Bou­ cher discusses two new books on Acadia and Mark O. Rousseau reviews a book that compares the Québec linguistic history to that of Belgium. Amy J. Ransom presents a new edition of Betty Bednarski's award winning book on Jacques Ferron, and Samia I. Spencer offers a reading of a book on the urban geography of Montreal in Québec fiction. The volume ends with Mercedes Baillargeon's review of a collection of essays edited by Roseanna L. Dufault and Celita Lamar on the work of the recently deceased Jovette Marchessault. ***** On behalf of the ACQS executive board I am pleased to announce that Québec Studies will soon be published, distributed, and marketed by the Liver­ pool University Press. This new partnership has many advantages for ACQS and our journal. LUP will assume many of the burdens of produc­ ing Québec Studies, burdens that fall on a small editorial team. In addition to strengthening our financial position, the arrangement will respond to the demand to make the journal more widely available on-line.

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Moss, Jane