« Le mot, pour un écrivain, est avant tout tangence avec d’autres mots
qu’il éveille à demi de proche en proche. »

Julien Gracq, Lettrines 2

“The word, for a writer, is above all connection with other words
that he gradually awakens, step by step.”

Julien Gracq  (free translation)


Tangence is a journal of literary studies with a rich intellectual tradition. Founded in 1981, it has been in publication for over 35 years. Initially titled Urgences and devoted to creative work, the journal changed its name and mandate in 1992 to become, over the decades, a peer-reviewed journal supported by major Canadian funding organizations. The journal currently boasts some one hundred issues that cover a wide variety of topics and bring together researchers from five continents. A quarter-century later, Tangence branched into a new direction with the creation of Tangence éditeur and two collections : Confluences, highlighting the work of prominent international researchers since 2006 and Émergence, introducing the work of young researchers since 2009.

The objective of Tangence and Tangence éditeur is to transcend traditional borders by offering the opportunity to rethink literary practices and the history of ideas outside the limited context of a single nation, a single discipline or a single theoretical approach, very often from a trans-secular perspective. It aims to serve as a point of convergence – an interface even – between all-too-often compartmentalized fields of study by examining a broad variety of themes and issues and promoting a concept of literature as an art interacting with other arts and bodies of knowledge.

The efforts deployed to encourage dialogue between approaches, centuries and cultures unite with the desire to find various and unique ways of disseminating the work of major international specialists and young researchers alike (large-scale conference tours in Quebec, collections, launchings, university-sponsored scientific events, etc.). Tangence and Tangence éditeur have thus secured a place in Quebec literary studies and acquired a reputation that now transcends national borders.

Tangence and Tangence éditeur are affiliated with the Département de lettres et humanités de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), which has directed the journal since 1986, and with the Département de lettres et communication sociale de l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), which joined the editorial team in 1996. Both the journal and the publisher are points of convergence for the different campuses of the Université du Québec system.

History of Tangence through some key publications

Background of Tangence

URGENCES nos 1-12 (1981-1985)
  • Regroupement des auteurs de l’Est du Québec

  • Creation

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (signatories of prefaces on behalf of this collective) :
  • Danielle Bérubé
  • Jean Cossette
  • Gilbert Dupuis
  • Lise Lessard
URGENCES nos 13-34 (1986-1991)
  • Département de lettres de l’UQAR

  • Creation and analysis
  • André Gervais, first official director ;
  • Robert Dion, official director since no. 34
TANGENCE nos 35-61 (1992-2000)
  • Département de lettres de l’UQAR

  • Cultural analysis
  • Robert Dion (nos 35-44)
  • Frances Fortier (nos 45-58)
  • Thérèse Paquin (nos 59-60)
  • André Gervais (no 61)
  • Louis Hébert, first co- director since no. 61
TANGENCE nos 62- (2000-)
  • Département des lettres et humanités de l’UQAR et
  • Département des lettres et communication sociale de l’UQTR
  • Subsidized peer-reviewed journal since no. 69
  • André Gervais (nos 62-84)
  • Lucie Guillemette (nos 62-84)
  • Marc André Bernier (nos 85-97)
  • Claude La Charité (nos 85-104)
  • Hervé Guay (no 98-128)
  • Roxanne Roy (no 105-)
  • Mélodie Simard-Houde (nos 129-)

  • Louis Hébert (nos 62-70)
  • Marc André Bernier (nos 62-84)
  • Claude La Charité (nos 71-84)
  • Michel Lacroix (nos 85-92)
  • Roxanne Roy (nos 85-104)
  • Hervé Guay (nos 93-97)
  • Mathilde Barraband (nos 98-114)
  • Katerine Gosselin (nos 105-112)
  • Catherine Broué (nos 113-121)
  • Marc André Bernier (no 115-119)
  • Lucie Guillemette (nos 120-122)
  • Louis Hébert (nos 122-126)
  • Hélène Marcotte (nos 123-126)
  • Camille Deslauriers (nos 127-128)
  • Mélodie Simard-Houde (nos 127-128)
  • Louis Hébert (nos 129-)
  • David Bélanger (nos 129-)

For additional details on the history of Tangence, see : Claude La Charité and Marie Lise Laquerre, “Tangence” in Dictionnaire des revues littéraires au XXe siècle, domaine français, Bruno Curatolo (dir.), Paris, Honoré Champion, collection Dictionnaires et Références : 30, 2014, vol. II, pp. 1185-1191.