Who We Are


The Scattered Pelican is a double-anonymized peer-reviewed journal run by Languages and Cultures (Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies) graduate students at Western University.

The Scattered Pelican’s guiding principle is to present new scholarship that is pluralistic in regard to methods, approaches, and objects of study within the framework of rigorous comparative praxis. To the fullest extent permitted by thoroughly interrogative research, The Scattered Pelican cultivates a playful perspective that challenges canonical discourses and forms of literature and media.

To this end, the Editorial Board commits to:

  • A comparative approach that embraces pluralism and inhabits the spaces or aporias of/in/between/among discourses, ideologies, or methods of criticism
  • Playfulness as a levelling perspective that resists the privileging of certain objects of study based on origins, genres, forms, or media 
  • Active and conscious pursuit of scholarship that enlarges the space of the discipline of comparative literature through deep engagement with a broad range of objects of study, novel applications of critical theory, and primary texts in their original languages

Content and Composition

The Scattered Pelican contributes to the comparative study of literature and cultures and creates publication opportunities for graduate students by providing a space for works that challenge and expand the limits of the discipline while maintaining a high degree of critical rigour.

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The Scattered Pelican 2023
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The Scattered Pelican 2022
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The Scattered Pelican 2021
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The Scattered Pelican 2019
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The Scattered Pelican 2018
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The Scattered Pelican 2017