Quebec Studies

Editor’s Note

Quebec Studies (2016), 61, (1), 1–2.


Editor’s Note Editor’s Note Québec Studies 61 opens with a group of five articles that prove once again, that despite its name, the journal is always interested in other North-American Francophones and the relationship between la belle province and its southern neighbor(s). Under the rubric “Beyond the Border,” we present three articles on Franco-Americans, one on Acadian Women Writers, and an examination of Québec-related issues debated during the 2014 elections in border states. Elizabeth Blood and Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello read Normand Beaupré’s dramatic monologue La Souillonne as creating a new Franco-American identity for the millennium, while Cynthia C. Lees writes about the past domestic violence described by Grace Metalious and Charleen Touchette, two Franco-American authors who write in English. Mark Paul Richard’s article recalls the poverty and despair experienced by Franco-Americans during the Great Depression. Denis Bourque presents three generations of Acadian women writers – Antonine Maillet, France Daigle, and Emma Haché. Studying the “electoral marketplace of ideas,” Frédérick Gagnon explores how Québec impacted elections south of the border. This issue of Québec Studies includes the second Queer Québec dossier compiled by Guest Editors Charles R. Batson and Denis Provencher. They have chosen three more papers originally presented at the 2014 Montreal ACQS conference. In the first article, Jarrod Hayes reads Dany Laferrière’s work as a queering of Fanon’s Black male hypersexuality. William M. Burton then examines Pierre Vallières Nègres blancs d’Amérique for signs of queer desire that predate the author’s coming out and rely on the racist trope of Black male violence. The dossier concludes with Jason B. Crawford’s experiment in writing Montreal’s queer social history in a way that retrieves memories of the gay downtown bars that predated the gay village. The Book Reviews section, edited by Amy J. Ransom, groups five reviews on various aspects of Québec history, society, and culture. I conclude this brief note by announcing that the executive board of ACQS and Liverpool University Press have agreed to renew their contract. The collaboration has been beneficial to all involved in Québec Studies, 61 doi:10.3828/qs.2016.1

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Moss, Jane