Dr. Xi XU is an Assistant Professor in the ELLS Programme at UIC. He received his BA in English language and literature from Peking University and his PhD in Cross-cultural Studies in English from the University of Hong Kong. His doctoral research was on interactions between British left-wing writers and Chinese intellectuals in the fields of modern literature, politics, and science. He teaches Introduction to the Study of Literature, Survey of British Literature, Travel Writing, Children's Literature, and World Literature in English at UIC. His research interests include travel writing, British modernism, children's literature, and comparative literature.