This new issue of QuÃ©bec Studies opens with three articles analyzing various
aspects of QuÃ©bec drama, poetry, and film. Distinguished theater critic and
scholar HervÃ© 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 GiguÃ¨re's study of poetry
collections published by Les Ã‰ditions du Jour shows how paratexts (epiÂ
graphs, dedications, prefaces) served as a "lieu de sociabilitÃ©," creating netÂ
works for promoting new notions of QuÃ©bec 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 QuÃ©bec national heritage.
The special dossier on the October Crisis is introduced by Anne TreÂ
panier, co-organizer with Patrizia Gentile of the Carleton University colloÂ
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 CaÂ
nadians in militant separatist circles (Kevin Brushett), the role of the QuÃ©bec
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. BouÂ
cher discusses two new books on Acadia and Mark O. Rousseau reviews a
book that compares the QuÃ©bec 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 QuÃ©bec 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
On behalf of the ACQS executive board I am pleased to announce that QuÃ©bec Studies will soon be published, distributed, and marketed by the LiverÂ
pool University Press. This new partnership has many advantages for
ACQS and our journal. LUP will assume many of the burdens of producÂ
ing QuÃ©bec 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.