Who We Are

            The Scattered Pelican is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal run by graduate students of Comparative Literature from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Western University, in London, Ontario. The Scattered Pelican offers a forum for the publication of critical papers by graduate students and other invited scholars. 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 uphold:

  • 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 rigor.

            The Scattered Pelican publishes in the Fall and Spring of each academic year. Fall issues primarily (but not exclusively) compile peer-reviewed articles based on presentations given at the annual graduate conference co-organized by the Comparative Literature Graduate Program with other academic programs at Western University. Spring issues contain articles, book reviews, translations, proceedings from roundtable discussions and other texts that respond to a particular theme defined by a call for papers.