Stankomir Nicieja is an associate professor at the Institute of Linguistics, Department of Studies on Culture and Religion, University of Opole in Southern Poland. His academic interests circle around cinema, contemporary British and American fiction and utopian studies. He has published on various aspects of the relations between literature, film, politics and theory. He currently focuses in his work on the representation of the West in Chinese popular cinema. He is the author of the monographs In the Shadow of the Iron Lady: Thatcherism as a Cultural Phenomenon and Its Representation in the Contemporary British Novel (2011) and Lessons from the East: Representations of East Asia in Contemporary Anglophone Films and Novels (2018). He also co-edited several volumes including Evil and Ugliness Across Literatures and Cultures (2012), Faces and Masks of Ugliness in Literary Narrative (2013), Poisoned Cornucopia: Excess, Intemperance and Overabundance Across Cultures and Literatures (2014) and The Outlandish, Uncanny, Bizarre: Culture, Literature, Philosophy (2016).