Maarit Piipponen is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her research interests include genre, gender and ethnic studies, American Orientalism and imperialism, and popular literature. She regularly offers advanced level courses, particularly on detective fiction and women’s writing. Her current research explores the interaction between American detective fiction narratives and American imperialist discourse on China and Chinese Americans.Markku Salmela is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Tampere, Finland, where his regular teaching includes advanced courses on “Literary Landscapes” and “Literature and Urban Space.” He is the author of Paul Auster’s Spatial Imagination (2006) and a number of articles on literature and spatiality, postmodernism, and the grotesque. He has also co-edited The Grotesque and the Unnatural (2011) and Literature and the Peripheral City (2015). His current research focuses on city literature, fictions of waste, and the application of spatial terminology within literary studies.