Quebec Studies

Editor’s Note

Quebec Studies (2019), 67, (1), 1–4.


Editor’s Note EDITOR’S NOTE This issue opens with a special dossier, « Nouvelles perspectives sur Louis Dantin et les États-Unis: “A Franco-American intellectual out of his time”? », compiled by Pierre Hébert, with five articles by established and emerging scholars, Patricia Godbout, Stéphanie Bernier, Mélanie Aubé, and Jean Morency. In his “Présentation,” Hébert provides a general introduction to Dantin (born Eugène Seers, 1865–1945), his life and works, engaging C. Stewart Doty’s 1994 identification of Louis Dantin as a “Franco-American intellectual out of his time.” Based largely on new archival work, the dossier’s various articles present less well-known aspects of the intellectual and literary output of this significant Québécois figure during his self-imposed exile in the United States from 1903 until his death. Beginning the dossier toward the end of Dantin’s life, Patricia Godbout introduces us to his relationship with Gabriel Nadeau, the man responsible for the preservation of much of Dantin’s correspondence in the archives consulted by these scholars, providing a context for the research behind the studies that follow. Pierre Hébert discusses Dantin’s relationship with Franco-American writer Rosaire Dion-Lévesque, and the two writers’ roles in a North American French translation of Walt Whitman’s work and its impact in Depression-era Québec. Stéphanie Bernier digs deeper into Dantin’s mentoring relationship with Rosaire Dion-Lévesque as it plays out in their correspondence. Hébert and Mélanie Aubé analyze Dantin’s intimate relationship with an African-American family in Boston and its role in his literary output, and Jean Morency revisits Doty’s interpretation of Dantin as being on the margins of New England’s Franco-American community, also focusing on his relationship with Rosaire Dion, as well as with Alfred DesRochers. Best-known as the man who “discovered” Émile Nelligan and one of Québec’s most significant pre-Second World War literary critics, the dossier concludes that Dantin cannot truly be considered a Franco-American, despite (or perhaps because of ) the fact that he lived and worked in the Boston area. But its contributors demonstrate Québec Studies, 67

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Ransom, Amy J.