Founder and Editor in Chief
Dr. Roula-Maria Dib
Assistant Professor of English
American University in Dubai
Dr. Roula-Maria Dib has taught courses in Developmental English, Composition and Rhetoric, Advanced Composition and Research, World Mythology, and Introduction to Literature.
Her research interests lie at the interstices of psychoanalysis, mythology, modernism, and feminism, which involve frequent forays into Jungian psychology, interdisciplinary works on the literary and visual arts, and the bridge between modernist literature and science. She has written and published some research centered on canonical writers (such as Miguel de Cervantes, Hilda Doolittle, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, and James Joyce), psychoanalysts (mainly Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung), and artists (Vincent Van Gogh, Wyndham Lewis, Salvador Dali, Agnolo Bronzino, Sandro Botticelli, and others). Dr. Dib is a member of the T.S. Eliot Society of the UK, Literary London, The International Association of Jungian Studies, The Jungian Society of Scholarly Studies, and the British Association of Modernist Studies, and has presented papers on modernist studies at several conferences across the UK, including those at Bath Spa University, Durham University, The National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth), and the University of Leeds.
Besides her passion for research in the fields of literature and psychology, she also enjoys writing poetry. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in journals such as The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS), Non Credo, Agenda, The Oxford Culture Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Two Thirds North, and the Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies.
She is currently working on her book, Jungian Metaphor in Modernist Literature. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, photography, writing, and cooking.
Dr. Omar Sabbagh
Associate Professor of English
American University in Dubai
Dr. Omar Sabbagh is a widely published poet, writer and critic. His first collection and his fourth collection, are, respectively: My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint and To The Middle of Love (Cinnamon Press, 2010/17). His 5th collection, But It Was An Important Failure, is forthcoming with Cinnamon Press at the start of 2020. His Beirut novella, Via Negativa: A Parable of Exile, was published with Liquorice Fish Books in March 2016; and a riveting collection of short fictions, Dye and Other Stories,was released in September 2017. His Dubai novella, Minutes from the Miracle City is forthcoming with Fairlight Books in July 2019; and a study of the oeuvre of Professor Fiona Sampson, For the Love of Music, should be released by Anthem in 2020. He has published scholarly essays on George Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, G.K. Chesterton, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Joseph Conrad, Lytton Strachey, T.S. Eliot, Basil Bunting, Hilaire Belloc, George Steiner, and others; as well as on many contemporary poets. Many of these works are collated in his To My Mind, Or, Kinbotes: Essays on Literature, forthcoming with Whisk(e)y Tit in 2019. He holds a BA in PPE from Oxford; three MA’s, all from the University of London, in English Literature, Creative Writing and Philosophy; and a PhD in English Literature from KCL. He was Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the American University of Beirut (AUB), from 2011-2013. He now teaches at the American University in Dubai (AUD), where he is Associate Professor of English.