Queen's Quarterly

An academic journal offering a collection of analysis and reflection in the fields of international relations, science policy, literary criticism, travel writing, economics, religion, short fiction and poetry. Issues feature editorial, several feature art

Articles from Vol. 107, No. 1, Spring

Canadian Epics of Passion: The Red Violin and Sunshine
Two masterful epic films that are passionate about passion have found a noble way to be Canadian despite not seeming to be Canadian. The Red Violin and Sunshine eschew the small "our story" characteristic of the purest Canadian cinema for the sweep...
Education and Earth
HUMANS, in every aspect of their lives and economies, are inextricably linked to the environment, the complexities of which are still not completely known. The potential repercussions of the environmental degradation we are presently committing, and...
Fear and Self-Loathing in Couchland: Eight Myths about Television
I want to make it clear from the outset that I speak as someone who believes television is a medium worth taking seriously. Put that way, the point may sound a little condescending; but the reason I use that phrase is because it is part of my contention...
Flamenco Yesterday and Today
"Flamenco is about wisdom. It is not about putting on a lovely dress and looking the pail Not at all. I've got no interest in going to a performance to see someone play a part." Carmen Romero, artistic director, choreographer and dancer with the Candela...
In the Museums
FROM these paintings I learn that the people who live among the palm trees are unhappy. What a curious message to receive at Christmas time, when luxurious renderings of tropical plants make me envious of simple clothing and sunny skies. And in London,...
Passion for Drawing
I HAVE a passion for drawing. I guess I have always had a passion for drawing. All children love to draw, but most stop around ten or twelve years of age when they become more aware (so we are told) of "adult art" in the world around them, i.e., artists...
Passion for Home
"He is like a Man who were stript, not only of his Cloaths, but of his Skin, and turn'd out in that Situation to combat with the rude and boisterous Element...." DAVID HUME's painful image of Jean-Jacques Rousseau -- vulnerable and frightened in...
Passion for Language
LANGUAGE is my passion. I have no patience for those who mumble, use empty phrases and fill words, lack energy, character, and emotion in their speech. In my opinion, all of this can be remedied through good training and, above all, through an acquisition...
Passion for Music and Song
The word "Passion" is often used about everything and anything: food, art, sports, weather, furniture, etc ... from agony, suffering, hate, grief, and fear to fondness, joy, enthusiasm, and love. The dictionary also suggests that passion implies a...
Passion for Science
I HAVE been asked to write about the joys of having a passion for science, and I shall try to describe my own experience. Perhaps each of us has had some "revelation" or "rebirth" in life. Mine occurred a half century ago when my experience of doing...
Passion for Writing
WRITING is an illogical passion. It is born in isolation, away from the pragmatic world and its comforts. For me, the joy is in the very act of writing. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as when a poem seems to be writing itself, or the perfect...
Passion: The Motive Power in Leadership
Passion infuses leadership in all of its dimensions -- in its ambition, execution, and above all in its motivation. Though individuals become leaders for many different reasons, the common motor force is passion. It stimulates leadership in every arena,...
Problem of Passion and Culture
MYTHS of an Arcadian land of milk and honey, of Paradise lost in a distant past, are common in many cultures. The moment of perfect innocence does not exist in human memory, yet we imagine a time of peace and harmony when there was no need for clothing....
Science, Scientists, and Society
I am passionate about the civilizing effects of science. That does not make me insensible to the dangers of science, but they pale beside the dangers of pseudoscience. Think of the fascist and the communist movements, so much intertwined. One claimed...
Travel, Passion
ACCORDING to my desk companion, Collins Dictionary of the English Language -- (I can't stomach the Oxford: a bit too tight-buttocked for how I like to use the language) most definitions begin with the words, "to go, move, or journey or to be transmitted"...
Whole Great Gang: The Passion for History
I see the historians in the making at Camp Ahmek -- the little boys who wander around the dining hall studying the plaques of past summers' events. Their camp is not just this summer, this sunny day; it's every summer, every single sunny and rainy...