Issue #4 – Supernatural Creatures – Contributors

Notes on Contributors


Halszka Leleń is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, where she teaches British literature. She has published articles and book chapters on H. G. Wells, Thomas Hardy, Stefan Themerson, Bertrand Russell, and on the theory of fantastic fiction. Her current research focuses on semiotic and narrative aspects of storytelling, short story, regional fiction, spatial motifs and axiology in literature. She has also presented several papers on the Orkney writer George Mackay Brown. Her book H. G. Wells: The Literary Traveller in His Short Story Machine is due to be published early in 2016 by Peter Lang in the series Mediated Fictions.

James Moir is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Abertay ( with a research interest in the application of discourse analysis across a range of topics. This has included an examination of the discursive constructions of tourism as visual experience, environmental sustainability and responsibility, political discourse and opinionation, and, in the volume, the Loch Ness Monster as an icon and motif of Scottishness.

Sviatoslav Piven is a doctoral student at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine. His professional interests include comparative and narrative studies of science fiction and fantasy in various media (literature, film, and video games). He is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis (supervised by Prof. Volodymyr Morenets) on construction of the world-pictures in Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher Saga and George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

Piotr Spyra is Assistant Professor in the Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature at the University of Łódź, where he teaches medieval and early modern English literature. He is the author of The Epistemological Perspective of the Pearl-Poet (2014). His research interests revolve around Middle English poetry, medieval folklore as well as literary theory. He is also the founder and supervisor of Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society, an academic society aimed at promoting Middle English literature among students of English literature in Poland.