Fall 2015

From the Editors

The Editors of The Scattered Pelican are proud to present the contributions that appear in this volume, and which bravely grapple with all these nuances of ‘trans-’ and ‘trance’. While the main articles represent only a small number of the vastly diverse and stimulating conversations initiated during the (((Trans- & Trance))) conference, they are supplemented here by other valiant efforts to engage with the theme, including musings from our faculty members, a number of book and film reviews, and even creative texts with corresponding commentaries. It is our hope that such contributions provide fodder for critical conversations in a manner consistent with what we believe to be one of the foundational characteristics of Comparative Literature, that of being able to embrace pluralism and inhabit the aporias among discourses: in short, to be entranced by the ambiguities in the ruptures of continuity.


Justice through Mistranslation: On Erín Moure’s Foreignizing Methods

Nicole Sweeney Allen, State University of New York at Buffalo

Book Reviews

Writing Across Cultures

Jaime R. Brenes-Reyes, Western University

The Poetics of Otherness

Kris Conner, Western University

Neoliberalism, Interrupted

Elizabeth Joy Gillespie, Florida Atlantic University

Film Reviews

Venus in Fur

Parastoo Alaeddini, Western University

Literary Reviews

Poems from The Second World

Rafael Antonio C. San Diego, Ateneo de Manila University

Sisyphe au Café

Mansour Bouaziz, Août 2015, Western University

The Deceptions of Sisyphe au Café

Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard, Western University

Faculty Musings

‘Trans-’: The Pure Problem of Comparison

David S. Ferris, University of Colorado at Boulder

Slavery, Transculturalism, and Transnationalism

Jonathan L. Hart, Western University

Thesis Bites