Welcome to the website of the Christianity and Literature Study Group, an allied organization of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). The CLSG aims to promote a scholarly Christian understanding of literature and of current issues in literary studies, through critical and theoretical study, self-reflective teaching, and/or primary creative work. At the heart of this process is a lively and enlivening scholarly dialogue, evident in the annual conference (no parallel sessions), a range of publications, and continued interaction through the year. Through engaging a variety of Christian perspectives in the study, teaching, and creation of literature, the CLSG is committed to opening new avenues of understanding and perception, and to supporting its members and the broader community in their own writing, reading, and teaching.
Members have a wide range of interests, from Anglo-Saxon texts to Canadian literature to contemporary literary theory. Topics can range from literatures in English through to Biblical studies and creative writing; cross-disciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged. CLSG presupposes no particularly theological orientation, but respects an orthodox understanding of Christianity as an historically defined faith. CLSG membership is open to professional or freelance writers as well as to academics, graduate students, teachers, and interested members of the broader community.
A history of the CLSG since its inception in 1988 can be found in Deane Downey’s “Barbara Pell: In Memoriam” and “Barbara Pell and the Christianity and Literature Study Group” originally published in Canadian Poetry no.67 (Fall/Winter 2010).
Our conference is held each year at the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, dovetailing with the ACCUTE conference. Details of our annual conference can be found on this web site (under “Conference“), as well as on the ACCUTE web page (accute.ca).