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. 113, No. 2, Summer

Cache and the Private/public Secret
Michael Haneke's Cache balances cinema and politics on a double axis. Cinematically it looks back to Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954), a gripping examination of voyeurism and mysterious goings on; politically, Cache anticipates the tensions of...
Cezanne's the Pipe Smoker
I have never understood this canvas of Cezanne's. Indeed that's the very thing that makes it so beautiful to my eyes. And yet everything seems simple. In banal surroundings, a man propping his elbow on a table is smoking a pipe. Beside him we see a...
Crossing the Threshold: Towards a Philosophy of the Interior
Boundaries THERE IS AN INSIDE, so there is an outside, and even if the outside means danger or risk or the unknowable, we long to explore it, to spill out. (Beckett: "The whisky bears a grudge against the decanter.") The desire is structural, not...
International Music Competitions: Fiddling While Rome Burns?
A young musician makes her way to centre stage, struggling to control her breathing, her perspiring hands, her racing mind. She takes her seat and stares at the keyboard. All she has to do now is ignore the thousands of eyes upon her, to somehow remain...
Leonardo's Mystery: An Interview with Umberto Eco
Even after five centuries, the world continues to marvel at the prolific genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Today, perhaps more than ever before, his astonishing creativity conjures a wonderful enigma--and fuels wild new flights of interpretation. How to...
Private Secrets, Public Lies
There was an elephant in the room during all the years of my childhood and youth, but it was an elephant I somehow never saw. Something told me I must not notice it, much less speak of it. This metaphorical elephant was the absence of my grandfather,...
Pure Fire: The Late Landscapes of David Bierk
DAVID BIERK named many of the landscapes he painted. A number are situated in the Kawartha Lakes region of central Ontario and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Others are said to originate in Vermont and California. A few are even identified: Kawartha...
The Cathedral of Cool
The countdown to the millennium inspired many civic projects, and architects competed to design tributes to an ill-defined postmodern sensibility. Among the most noted in England were the Millennium Dome in Greenwich and the Sage Centre at Gateshead....
The Gioconda Code
Much has been made (especially in terms of royalties) of the supposed codes to be found in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, and their relation to a series of amazing and ancient secrets. But, even without rewriting the Gospels, we can explore some fascinating...
The Last Supper and the "Da Vinci Code" Frenzy
As we all know by now, Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code portrays Leonardo da Vinci as the keeper of a secret that has been jealously guarded since the earliest days of Christianity. The secret is supposedly revealed in the famous work The Last Supper....
The Perils of Pax Americana
For over three years now, Americans--and the rest of the world--have been preoccupied with the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. This project has proved to be much more bloody, expensive, and difficult than its architects anticipated. But things could...
The Shady Side of the Street
I am by nature and upbringing a pessimist. As a boy in Glasgow I was encouraged to expect the worst, on the principle that by doing so you'll never be disappointed and sometimes you may even be pleasantly surprised. So I live my life with the worst-case...