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Editorial - Marlène KANAAN

This seventeenth issue of Hawliyāt features eight scholarly articles. Written in one of three languages, English, French or Arabic, they demonstrate the wide range of research covered by authors contributing to the Annals in the fields of literature, philosophy, history and didactics. 

If to some the focus seems rather diffuse, to others the variety on offer will represent an interesting gathering together of critical discourse set in counterpoint. 

The article by May Maalouf on Cervantes’s Preface to Don Quixote and Lord Byron’s Preface to Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage of Childe Harold, reveals the significance of these texts as illustrations of the symbiotic relationship between a male author and his work, especially when that author displays a distinctly female creative power, treating his characters as children of his own imagination. 

Maalouf’s contribution might perhaps find a common ground with Yasmine -Marie Khodr’s study of narratology in relation to Joël Dicker’s novel La Vérité sur l’Affaire Harry Québert. Ryan Davidson’s article considers the influence of Emerson on Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, looking for a deeper understanding of the genesis of masterpieces. 

Sarjoun Karam shows a similar concern in his Arabic article, where he analyzes samples of 1950s Palestinian poetry. He points out that the poets in question not only dismiss traditional prosody, following in the footsteps of the young poets of the magazine Chi’r, but also accept Christian motifs such as the Crucifixion and Resurrection. The latter fact may be considered remarkable since such poetry more usually reflects the language and terminology of the Koran. 

Turning from literature to history, we have Mohammad Rihan’s article, which explores Egyptian national identity in the works of Abdallah al-Nadim, the great orator of Ahmed ‘Urabi’s revolt. 

Maureen O’Day Nicolas, Olga Fleonova and Giuseppe Tassone, drawing on their long experience as teachers, contribute articles that shed light on problems encountered by learners of second or foreignlanguages such as English. They also focus on new teaching methods for Cultural Studies courses.

These methods, developed through collaborative action research, emphasize the vital importance of active student involvement in all such studies. 

Our final contributor, Frank Darwiche, who examines texts of Thomas Aquinas that anticipate Heidegger’s thinking on the divine, encourages us to climb the ladder of metaphysics in order to reach the highest philosophical peaks. 

All these articles, whether research based or the result of scholarly exchange, represent a bench-mark for style, tone and orientation of our journal. It is with pride, as well as sadness, that we dedicate them to the memory of Robert Betts – professor, educator, lover of music and former esteemed colleague – who passed away at the end of August, 2016. 

Readers of this issue of Hawliyāt will, I feel sure, recognize the significant nature of the topics we address, ones which should foster reflection among thoughtful people both at home and abroad. 

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