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During a time of uncertainty over collective identity and social transforma- tion Quebec novels started getting sick after 1940 the number of narra- tives about illness disease and sick characters intensied. For the last seventy years generations of authors have turned to medically oriented sto- ries to represent day to day life and political turmoil. In Curative Illnesses Julie Robert investigates how the theme of sickness is woven into literature and gauges its effect on depictions of Quebecs national identity. Challenging the legitimacy of illness as a metaphor for the nation Robert contests interpretations of illness-related literature that have presented Quebec itself as ailing. Through re-examinations of Quebec novels Curative Illnesses shatters the illusion of congruency between the nation and the body countering assumptions about nationwide weakness and victimization. For Quebec in particular these assumptions have greater implications because the separatist movement policies of interculturalism and majority language rights revolve around protecting and defending Qubcois society and its cultural values. Robert skilfully demonstrates a more nuanced view of illness through a series of analyses focusing on works of literature from some of Quebecs most renowned novelists including Gabrielle Roy Andr Langevin Denis Lord Hubert Aquin Jacques Godbout Pierre Billon and Anne Bernard. Using an interdisciplinary approach that engages with nationalism post- colonial studies literature rhetoric and the medical humanities Curative Illnesses explores how moving beyond earlier diagnoses offers new insights into nationhood. Julie Robert is senior lecturer of francophone and Canadian studies at the University of Technology Sydney. Sound is born and dies with action. In this surprising resourceful study Mladen Ovadija makes a case for the centrality of sound as an integral ele- ment of contemporary theatre. He argues that sound in theatre inevitably betrays the dramatic text and that sound is performance. Until recently theatrical sound has largely been regarded as supplemental to the dramatic plot. Now however sound is the subject of renewed interest in theatrical discourse. Dramaturgy of sound Ovadija argues reads and writes a theatrical idiom based on two inseparable intertwined strands the gestural corporeal power of the performers voice and the structural value of stage sound. His extensive research in experimental performance and his examination of the pioneering work by Futurists Dadaists and Expression- ists enable Ovadija to create a powerful study of autonomous sound as an essential element in the creation of synesthetic theatre. Dramaturgy of Sound in the Avant-garde and Postdramatic Theatre pres- ents a cogent argument about a continuous tradition in experimental theatre running from early modernist to contemporary works. If any book can be described as deliciously noisy this is it. Excellent notes and bibliography complete the volume. Choice A most timely and valuable book. Ovadija brilliantly brings to light new and surprising connections in the art and criticism of a crucial historical moment. Jon E. Erickson Ohio State University Mladen Ovadija is a dramaturge university lecturer and independent researcher. A former producer for Radio Sarajevo he lives in Toronto. 4 0 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S February 2016 978-0-7735-4705-6 100.00S 100.00S 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 256pp Ebook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S May 2016 978-0-7735-4588-5 34.95A 32.95A 22.99 paper 6 x 9 264pp Ebook available n e w i n pa p e r Dramaturgy of Sound in the Avant-garde and Postdramatic Theatre mladen ovadija New insight into the theatrical use of sound in avant-garde and postdramatic performance. T H E AT R E S T U D I E SL I T E R A R Y S T U D I E S Q U E B E C S T U D I E S Curative Illnesses Medico-National Allegory in Qubcois Fiction julie robert A necessary second opinion on the national implications of an epidemic of sick literary characters.