Valery Timofeev, PhD, is associate professor of Literature at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Saint Petersburg State University. He teaches FYSem, Writing and Thinking, Language and Thinking and several courses in literature and culture. He has been leading teacher training workshops for faculties of Saint Petersburg State University, Perm State University, Southern Federal University, Astrakhan State University. He has published numerous articles on Russian and English literary history, narrative theory, literary semiotics, and a book John Fowles’ Classes (Uroki Faulza. 2003), has given numerous invited lectures at Daugavpils University in Latvia, Sorbonne in France, Middlesex University, Edinburgh University, UK.