Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis teaches American literature at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, where in 2006 she defended her PhD. dissertation about “Ellen Glasgow and Walker Percy Re-visioning the Blighted Eden”. Her scholarly interests hover around representations of foodways in literature and film, fiction of regional America, especially literature of the American South, American short story, and ethnic/immigrant literatures of the USA, as well as American TV series. She is the author of Aristocratic Ethos in Ellen Glasgow’s and Walker Percy’s Fiction (Wydawnictwo KUL, 2011) and The Southern Mystique: Food, Gender and Houses in Southern Fiction and Films (PUV, 2012). She recently edited a volume on Dixie Matters: New Perspectives on Southern Femininities and Masculinities (Wydawnictwo KUL, 2013). She is a member of PAAS, Southern Studies Forum and Society for the Study of American Women Writers. She is the recipient of a research grant from John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin (twice in 2005 and 2009) for research projects about literature of the American South. Most recently she received a scholarship from the Clifford and Mary Corbridge Trust of Robinson College in the University of Cambridge for the research about “The semiotics of food in the literature of the American South.” She is also an Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellow in North American Studies, in the summer of 2014 she will conduct her research “Foodways and Identity in US Latina Literature” in the British Library. Her post-doctoral research project aims to explore how food is used as a trope to code class, race and ethnicity in American literature.