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.

 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 2020-2021 is composed of: 

1) Editor-in-Chief: Laila Zaitoun

2) Deputy Editor: Marziyeh Ghoreishi

3) Copy Editor: Christian Ylagan and Ishrat Ismail

4) Reviews Editor: Abhimanyu Acharya

5) Web Editors: Tarjanee Parmar

Call for Peer Reviewers:

The Scattered Pelican is looking to work with volunteer scholars from a wide variety of fields and disciplines, including but not limited to Comparative Literature, World Literature, English, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Area Studies or Critical Theory.

If you would like to join The Scattered Pelican as a peer reviewer, please fill out this application form (Permalink at:  For questions or clarifications, you may send us an email at

The next issue of The Scattered Pelican is going to be published in Summer 2020.  Join us in our effort to serve the intellectual and professional interests of an international community of students, teachers and scholars!

Best regards,

The Editorial Board of The Scattered Pelican