Quebec Studies

Editor’s Note

Quebec Studies (2018), 65, (1), 1–3.

Abstract

Editor’s Note Editor’s Note This volume of Québec Studies presents three articles that focus in different ways on literary and historical links between French Canadians and their anglophone neighbors. Oriel MacLennan describes the relationship between Québec author Marie-Claire Blais and her English-language publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux, as documented in their correspondence and the publisher’s archived papers. MacLennan reminds us how Blais’s residency in Wellfleet, Massachusetts with Mary Meigs opened doors to the American literary establishment early in her career. Shane Neilson’s interview with translator and ellipse editor Jo-Anne Elder sheds light on the important role she has played in making the work of Acadian and other francophone poets available to anglophone readers. Prodded by Neilson’s insightful questions, Elder describes her process as a translator and her close collaboration with award-winning poets Herménégilde Chiasson and Serge Patrice Thibodeau. The third piece in the first section of this volume is a meticulously documented study of the Mignault family, living in the borderland between Chambly and Lake Champlain during and after the American Revolution. The Mignault story exemplifies the complex but understudied history of hundreds of French Canadians who fought on the American side during the war and adds nuance to our understanding of cultural identities along the border. The special dossier compiled by Amy J. Ransom includes five essays that explore the concepts of space and place in the films of the new generation of Québécois filmmakers. Katherine A. Roberts looks at films by Louis Bélanger and Bernard Émond to suggest that recent Québec cinema challenges the traditional iconography of rural regions. She sees the re-investment in the regional symbolic as indications of a quest for meaningful cultural specificity in postmodern, post-Catholic Québec. Matthieu Dalle studies how three films by Sébastien Pilote represent the impact of the de-industrialization on the people and places of non-metropolitan Québec. Dalle argues that Pilote’s work underscores the disconnection between people and places that has become the reality of peripheral regions in twenty-first century Québec Studies, 65 https://doi.org/10.3828/qs.2018.1

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Moss, Jane