René Dionne, bibliographer, historian of Québec literature (b at Saint-Philippe-de-Néri, Qué 29 Jan 1929). After classical studies at Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatière, he received his MA and L ès L at Université de Montréal, a LPh at Immaculée-Conception and a D ès L at Université de Sherbrooke. Having taught at various Québec colleges and universities, he became professor at the U of Ottawa (1970); he was chairman of the department of French letters 1975-78 and titular professor (1981).
Author of several hundred articles, bibliographies and accounts of Québec and Franco-Ontarian letters, he has also published a biography of Antoine GÉRIN-LAJOIE and an annotated edition of the latter's novel, Jean Rivard. Cocompiler of the Anthologie de la littérature québécoise (1978-80) of Gilles Marcotte, Dionne is also the founder of the Revue d'histoire littéraire du Québec et du Canada français (1979). In collaboration with Pierre Cantin, he publishes each year an exhaustive bibliography of studies of LITERATURE IN FRENCH.