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Omar Sabbagh

Associate Professor of English


Ph.D., English Literature, King’s College, University of London, UK
M.A., English Literature. King’s College, University of London, UK
M.A., Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmith’s College, University of London, UK
M.A., Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
B.A., Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Oxford University, UK
 Dr. Omar Sabbagh is a widely published poet and critic.  His poetry and prose, critical and creative, have appeared (and oftentimes repeatedly) in such venues as: Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Reader, The Warwick Review, POEM, Kenyon Review, Agenda, Poetry Wales, Stand, Wasafiri, The Wolf, Banipal, The London Magazine, The Moth, Lighthouse, Envoi, New Welsh Review, Life Writing, New Writing, The Chesterton Review, and elsewhere.  His three extant poetry collections include: My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint and The Square Root of Beirut (Cinnamon Press, 2010/12).  He has been (or will have been) anthologized seven times to date.  His fourth collection, To The Middle Of Love, is forthcoming with Cinnamon Press on Feb 1, 2017.
In January 2014, Rodopi (now Brill) published his monograph: From Sight through to In-Sight: Time, Narrative and Subjectivity in Conrad and Ford – a revised version of his PhD.  He also has a novella set in and about Beirut, Via Negativa: A Parable of Exile, published with Liquorice Fish Books, in March 2016.  A Dubai sequel to the latter, From Bourbon To Scotch, is contracted with a UK publisher, and should be released near Summer, 2017; indeed the first 5000 word chapter, eponymously titled ‘From Bourbon to Scotch’ was published in 2015 in Taylor & Francis journal: POEM.  Current projects are a historical fiction, I, Augustine, whose first chapter of 5000 words has already been published in Taylor & Francis journal: New Writing; and also a projected short scholarly study on Auto/Biography in Pater, Chesterton and Strachey.
For the years 2011-2013 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where he taught Creative Writing, The Novel, 20th Century Literature, and Poetry as an Academic Genre.
His area of specialism is 1850-1950 British and, to a certain extent, Anglophone literature.  A second area of specialism is poetry, both historical and, especially, contemporary.  He has active interests in psychoanalysis, Christianity, Auto/Biography, of and in themselves, and in relation to modern literature.  He has (or will have) published Academic essays on George Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, Joseph Conrad, Lawrence Durrell, T.S. Eliot,, Basil Bunting, Henry Miller, G.K. Chesterton, Robert Browning, Hilaire Belloc and others.  In a more belle-lettristic mode, though, he has published over twenty-five significant articles and essays, covering contemporary poetry in the main, with some provenance elsewhere.
He remains at AUD, brimming with a conspicuous and unbridled excitement.