Amy J. Ransom
We offer in this issue seven articles and seven book reviews, covering
a wide range of topics from QuÃ©becâ€™s colonial period to its most
recent provincial elections, including an interdisciplinary dossier on
â€œâ€™Urbs â€“ Suburban and Exurban Spaces in QuÃ©bec and Francophone
Canada,â€ compiled by Ceri Morgan. QuÃ©becâ€™s film, literature, and
popular culture have moved from a predominantly rural setting,
typified by the roman du terroir, prior to the Second World War, to a
primarily urban setting, as seen in the literature and film of the second
half of the twentieth century, to a more recent preoccupation with
the suburbs in the twenty-first century. Morgan theorizes a further
blurring of human space with the notion of the â€œâ€™urb,â€ a broader term
that includes a wider range of exurban sites.
The dossier opens with Harold BÃ©rubÃ©â€™s examination of advertising
from the 1950s and 1960s, which reveals that the seeds for the
banlieueâ€™s recent dominance were planted already in the post-war era.
His contribution to the dossier, â€œâ€˜De la fiction Ã â€¦ la rÃ©alitÃ© â€“ de la
tÃ©lÃ©vision Ã â€¦ Laval-des-Rapidesâ€™: Mise en rÃ©cit et mise en marchÃ©
du rÃªve suburbain Ã MontrÃ©al, 1950â€“1969,â€ analyzes how developers
marketed the suburbs, resulting in QuÃ©becâ€™s urban sprawl. Organizer
Ceri Morganâ€™s essay, â€œâ€™Urbs, â€™Urb Girls, and Martine Delvauxâ€™s Rose
amer,â€ jumps forward in time, to look at the representation of suburban
spaces in literary critic and author Martine Delvauxâ€™s 2009 autofiction.
Julie Rodgers closes the dossier by looking beyond the current
neoliberal suburb toward the â€œEmergent Posthuman Landscapeâ€
shaped by Ying Chen in La rive est loin (2013).
Two free-standing submissions on contemporary literature
complement the dossier as they, too, address the question of space.
Cristina Robu continues the exploration of Chen, focusing on
an early novel, Lâ€™ingratitude (1995), in â€œLâ€™espace diÃ©gÃ©tique comme
espace dâ€™exil dans Lâ€™ingratitude de Ying Chen.â€ Robu uses the lens of
narratology to reveal how Chen creates a Foucauldian heterotopia
through her narratorâ€™s description of the experience of exile. Maria
Cristina Greco introduces the readers of QuÃ©bec Studies to the work
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