The Scattered Pelican


Fall 2018 Call For Papers

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. 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 Fall and Spring of each academic year. Fall issues 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 Unviersity.  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.

The Editorial Board of The Scattered Pelican for Academic Year 2017-2018 is composed of: 

1) Editor-in-Chief: Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard (PhD 4)

2) Deputy Editor: Panxin Zhong (MA1)

3) Copy Editors: Jessica Marino (MA2) and Helga Ruppe (PhD2)

4) Reviews Editor: Busra Copuroglu (PhD1)

5) Web Editor: Alexandra Irimia (PhD1) 

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 Fall 2018.  Join us in our effort to serve the intellectual and professional interests of an international community of students, teachers and scholars!

Best regards,

Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard and the Editorial Board Members, The Scattered Pelican