Note from the Editor – Summer 2021

It is with great pleasure that the Editorial Team of The Scattered Pelican brings to you the summer issue of 2020-2021. We would like to start by thanking Prof. James Miller, the Graduate Chair of the Comparative Literature Program, for his tremendous support to complete publishing this issue. We were in dire need of a professional web designer who can create and format the e-copy of this issue along with taking care of the technical and aesthetic aspects of the journal website. We genuinely appreciate Prof. Miller’s support for allowing us to outsource this crucial task and providing us with the necessary departmental funds to proceed. Also, we would like to thank Sylvia Kontra, Graduate Program Assistant, and Dawn Gingrich, our Administrative Assistant, for their help during these uncertain times.

We would not be able to publish this issue without our authors, and we are so thankful for their commitment to submit their manuscripts and their ability to thrive despite the challenging conditions of the pandemic. Your cooperation and responsiveness were superb, and we thank you for all your hard work. We are deeply indebted to our peer-reviewers, and the time and effort they have put into this issue. We appreciate the soundness of your observations and the breadth of your perspectives to nurture the development of this issue.

Christian Yalgan, the founder of The Scattered Pelican, has generously agreed to continue collaborating with the Journal as a copy editor, and I am so thankful for his endless support. I would like to express my appreciation for all the efforts that the Editorial Board members put in to bring up this issue to its final fruition. Without them, the Journal would not be able to continue publishing.

This issue engages with diverse modes of cultural and intellectual interpretations as it includes a wide range of topics that cross the boundaries established between literature, art, philosophy, and linguistics. We are delighted to publish two authored articles that have been presented during the Annual Graduate Conference in the Comparative Literature Program titled “Camp/ camp” for the academic year 2020-2021. This conference fostered a broad umbrella for multidisciplinary collaborations from young scholars in Canada and abroad to provide their critical insights in the area of Camp. This issue also navigates through a variety of zones like queer theory, visual arts, memory studies, biblical adaptations, and postcolonial theories. We are also pleased to publish one book review in Spanish and two other book reviews in philosophy and literary theory which enriches the scope of our journal.

Let me close by saying that The Scattered Pelican will remain committed to its primary mission which is expanding the readership of comparative literature and its interdisciplinary innovations. I hope you will enjoy the new material on the pages of this issue. Thank you for your belief in The Scattered Pelican!                        

Laila Zaitoun, Western University