New Books by ACQS Members

Louis Patrick Leroux, Professor at Concordia University

Charles R. Batson, Professor at Union College

Leroux, L. P. and C. R. Batson (2017). Cirque Global. Quebec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

With a billion-dollar industry centred in Montreal, the province of Quebec has established itself as a major hub for contemporary circus. Cirque du Soleil has a global presence, and troupes such as Cirque Éloize and 7 doigts de la main are state-of-the-art innovators. The National Circus School of Montreal – the only state-funded elite training facility in North America – is an influential leader in artistry and technique. Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque du Monde supports arts for social change on many continents and is renowned for its social-circus training and research.
Cirque Global is the first book-length study of this new variety of circus and its international impact. The contributors offer critical perspectives on this rapidly developing art form and its aesthetics, ethics, business practices, pedagogical implications, and discursive significations. Essays explore creative, entrepreneurial, and cultural forces that are shaping Quebec’s dynamic nouveau cirque. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from circus performances, the volume showcases Quebec circus’s hybrid forms, which have merged the ethos and aesthetics of European circuses with American commercial and industrial creativity.
Cirque Global is the definitive study of the phenomenon of Quebec circus and is an important model for future research on contemporary circus.

Erin Hurley, Professor at McGill University

Hurley, E. (2017). De l’Expo 67 à Céline Dion. Essai sur la performance nationale. Montréal: Éditions Nota Bene.

Comment une performance en vient-elle à être considérée comme nationale? Comment certains événements spectaculaires qui n’apparaissent pas a priori comme distinctivement québécois réussissent-ils à cultiver une idée de la québécité à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur de la province? En explorant tour à tour l’Expo 67, les discours entourant la publication de la pièce Les belles-sœurs de Michel Tremblay, le théâtre de l’image de Carbone 14, les pratiques d’écriture de Marco Micone, la musique pop de Céline Dion et les performances féministes des années 1970 et 1980, Erin Hurley examine les mécanismes qui permettent d’établir de nouvelles articulations entre les concepts de performance et de nation. Chaque chapitre s’interroge sur un moment particulier de l’histoire du Québec moderne ainsi que sur un type de performance emblématique du moment, le tout en réhabilitant l’importance du rôle des femmes dans la production du fait national.
Entre autres gagnant du prix Pierre Savard du Conseil international d’études canadiennes en 2012 et du Prix de la Société québécoise d’études théâtrales remis au meilleur ouvrage sur le théâtre québécois en 2014, cet essai novateur et rigoureux cherche à élargir les paramètres de lecture de la «performance québécoise» tout en offrant un vibrant plaidoyer en faveur d’un renouvellement des discours sur l’idée de nation au Québec. Une lecture nécessaire.
Traduit de l’anglais par Anne-Marie Régimbald.
http://www.groupenotabene.com/publication/de-lexpo-67-%C3%A0-c%C3%A9line-dion-essai-sur-la-performance-nationale

Carol A. Chapelle, Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University

Chapelle, C. A. (2016). Teaching culture in introductory foreign language textbooks. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Through chronological analysis of French textbooks in the United States, this book explores the representations of Canada and Quebec in French beginner textbooks produced from 1960 to 2010. Chapelle couples a large collection of 65 textbooks with a social-semiotic qualitative analysis of the genres, language and images that communicate Quebec’s cultural narrative to learners. Findings about the amount and type of content are presented by decade to track the trends in foreign language teaching and changes in Quebec’s representation. Particular attention is given to how language politics is presented to students through text and images. This book will be of interest to scholars of Canadian Studies, Quebec Studies and Second Language Acquisition, as well as foreign language materials developers.
http://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137495983