The Scattered Pelican

The Scattered Pelican is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal run by graduate students of Comparative Literature from the Department of Languages and Cultures at Western University. It came about as part of the Department and the graduate students’ desire to offer 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.

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 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 rigor.

            The Scattered Pelican publishes in the Summer of each academic year. The Summer issue compiles 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 Unviersity.  Spring issues contain articles, book reviews related to the theme of the graduate conference.

The Editorial Board of The Scattered Pelican for Academic Year 2022-2023 is composed of: 

1) Editor-in-Chief: Hanna Barnett

2) Deputy Editor: Tarjanee Parmar

3) Reviews Editor: Marziyeh Ghoreishi

4) Copy Editors: Sohrab Mosahebi and Ryan Haddad

5) Social Media Editor: Sepideh Hatami Shahmarvandi

6) Web Editor: Tarjanee Parmar

Call for Peer Reviewers:

I am happy to announce that The Scattered Pelican is officially accepting submissions for our 2023 Issue “Travel Light: Apprehending Being on the Move.” This issue, along with the upcoming 2023 Graduate Conference, seeks to address the nature of movement in the 21st century, a period preoccupied with the re-interpreting logic, social processes and managing bodies in space under a regime of technological speed.

We are accepting submissions of full-length journal articles (4000-5000 words) and book reviews (1000-1500 words) in English.

Please send all submissions to by March 16th, 2023. To maintain the integrity of the anonymous peer-review process, please ensure that all personal information and identifying marks are removed from your submission. Additionally, in the email please include your name, abstract keywords, institutional affiliation, and a 50-word biography.

More information can be found on the attached poster as well as on our website:

Best regards,

The Editorial Board of The Scattered Pelican