Quebec Studies

Editor’s Note

Quebec Studies (2019), 68, (1), 1–4.


Amy J. Ransom Editor’s Note EDITOR'S NOTE We offer in this issue seven articles and seven book reviews, covering a wide range of topics from Québec’s colonial period to its most recent provincial elections, including an interdisciplinary dossier on “’Urbs – Suburban and Exurban Spaces in Québec and Francophone Canada,” compiled by Ceri Morgan. Québec’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 “’urb,” a broader term that includes a wider range of exurban sites. The dossier opens with Harold Bérubé’s examination of advertising from the 1950s and 1960s, which reveals that the seeds for the banlieue’s recent dominance were planted already in the post-war era. His contribution to the dossier, “‘De la fiction à… la réalité – de la télévision à… Laval-des-Rapides’: Mise en récit et mise en marché du rêve suburbain à Montréal, 1950–1969,” analyzes how developers marketed the suburbs, resulting in Québec’s urban sprawl. Organizer Ceri Morgan’s essay, “’Urbs, ’Urb Girls, and Martine Delvaux’s Rose amer,” jumps forward in time, to look at the representation of suburban spaces in literary critic and author Martine Delvaux’s 2009 autofiction. Julie Rodgers closes the dossier by looking beyond the current neoliberal suburb toward the “Emergent Posthuman Landscape” 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, L’ingratitude (1995), in “L’espace diégétique comme espace d’exil dans L’ingratitude de Ying Chen.” Robu uses the lens of narratology to reveal how Chen creates a Foucauldian heterotopia through her narrator’s description of the experience of exile. Maria Cristina Greco introduces the readers of Québec Studies to the work Québec Studies, 68

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Ransom, Amy J.