Dr Dimitra Fimi

  • Lecturer in Fantasy and Children's Literature (English Literature)

Research interests

Biography

Dr Dimitra Fimi joined the University of Glasgow in 2018 from her previous post at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her first monograph, Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies. She co-edited the first critical “extended” edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s essay “A Secret Vice”, in which Tolkien theorizes his language invention (A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, HarperCollins, 2016). The book won the Tolkien Society Award for Best Book. Her latest monograph, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), was runner up for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award and shortlisted for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies.

She has published widely in journals and edited collections. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes (BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales, History Channel, BBC4). She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Tolkien Research and the Literary Encyclopedia and she is a member of the advisory boards of Walking Tree Publishers and the Routledge Imaginary Worlds Book Series. Many of her articles are available online via her website: http://dimitrafimi.com/


Interests

Fantasy Literature
Children's Literature
Children's Fantasy
J.R.R. Tolkien
Medievalism
Myth and Folklore
Invented Languages
Children's Literature and Science


Grants

Grants

Welsh Crucible 2017 Grant Scheme (£9,862) for interdisciplinary research project titled: “Year of the Sea: assessing changes in marine ecosystems through literature, arts and law”. Co-investigators: Dr Ruth Callaway (Swansea University), Dr Amanda Rogers (Swansea University), Kerry Lewis (Aberystwyth University), Dr Sarah Pogoda (Bangor University). 

Welsh Crucible 2017 Grant Scheme (£9,239) for interdisciplinary research project titled: “The world’s smallest book: showcasing the wonder of miniaturisation to engage with the public imagination”. Co-investigator: Dr Daryl Beggs (Cardiff University). 

Welsh Crucible 2017 Grant Scheme (£4919) for interdisciplinary research project titled: “The Myth of the Inventor: Philip Vaughan”. Co-ivestigators: Stefano Barazza (University of South Wales), and Dr Davide Crivelli (Cardiff University)


Supervision

Supervision:

I have supervised PhDs on J.R.R. Tolkien and Fantasy Literature.
I am happy to consider proposals on any of the topics listed in my research interests.


Teaching

Teaching for 2018-2019

Fantastic History of the Twentieth Century
British Children's Fantasy


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005
Number of items: 17.

2018

Fimi, D. (2018) Language as communication vs. language as art: J.R.R. Tolkien and early 20th-century radical linguistic experimentation. Journal of Tolkien Research, 5(1), 2.

2017

Fimi, D. (2017) Tolkien’s Arda. In: Wolf, M. J.P. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds. Series: Routledge companions. Routledge: New York, NY, pp. 377-384. ISBN 9781138638914

Fimi, D. and Higgins, A. (2017) Invented languages. In: WOlf, M. J.P. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds. Series: Routledge companions. Routledge: New York, NY, pp. 21-29. ISBN 9781138638914

Fimi, D. (2017) Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology. Series: Critical approaches to children's literature. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137552815 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-55282-2)

2016

Fimi, D. (2016) The past as an imaginary world: the case of medievalism. In: Wolf, M. J.P. (ed.) Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 46-68. ISBN 9781138942059

Tolkien, J.R.R., Fimi, D. and Higgins, A.(Eds.) (2016) A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages. [Scholarly Editions]

2015

Fimi, D. (2015) Teaching race and cultures in Tolkien's works. In: Donovan, L. A. (ed.) Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Other Works. Series: Approaches to teaching world literature (136). The Modern Language Association of America: New York. ISBN 9781603292054

2014

Fimi, D. (2014) Later fantasy fiction. In: Lee, S. D. (ed.) A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien. Series: Blackwell companions to literature and culture. Wiley Blackwell: Malden, MA, pp. 335-349. ISBN 9780470659823

2013

Fimi, D. (2013) 'Wildman of the Woods': inscribing tragedy on the landscape of Middle-earth in The Children of Húrin. In: Conrad-O'Briain, H. and Hynes, G. (eds.) Tolkien: The Forest and the City. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 43-56. ISBN 9781846824296

2012

Fimi, D. (2012) Between Greece and Northwestern Europe: the fairy tales of Penelope Delta. In: Chen, F. and Honegger, T. (eds.) The European Tradition of the Fantastic. Series: Fastitocalon (2). WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag: Trier, pp. 97-112. ISBN 9783868213607

Fimi, D. (2012) Tolkien and the fantasy tradition. In: Whitehead, C. (ed.) The Fantastic (Critical Insights). Salem Press: Ipswich, Mass.. ISBN 9781429837354

2011

Fimi, D. (2011) Filming folklore: adapting fantasy for the big screen through Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. In: Bogstad, J. M. and Kaveny, P. E. (eds.) Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers: Jefferson, N.C., pp. 84-103. ISBN 9780786446360

2008

Fimi, D. (2008) Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits. Palgrave Macmillan: New York. ISBN 9780230219519

2007

Fimi, D. (2007) Tolkien’s “‘Celtic’ type of legends”: merging traditions. Tolkien Studies, 4, pp. 51-71. (doi:10.1353/tks.2007.0015)

Fimi, D. (2007) Tolkien and old Norse antiquity: real and romantic links in material culture. In: Clark, D. and Phelpstead, C. (eds.) Old Norse Made New: Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture. Viking Society for Northern Research: London. ISBN 9780903521765

2006

Fimi, D. (2006) "Mad Elves" and "Elusive Beauty": some Celtic strands of Tolkien’s mythology. Folklore, 117(2), pp. 156-170. (doi:10.1080/00155870600707847)

2005

Fimi, D. (2005) "Come sing ye light fairy things tripping so gay”: Victorian fairies and the early work of J. R. R. Tolkien. Working with English: Medieval and Modern Language, Literature and Drama, 2, pp. 10-26.

This list was generated on Wed Dec 12 16:27:37 2018 GMT.
Number of items: 17.

Articles

Fimi, D. (2018) Language as communication vs. language as art: J.R.R. Tolkien and early 20th-century radical linguistic experimentation. Journal of Tolkien Research, 5(1), 2.

Fimi, D. (2007) Tolkien’s “‘Celtic’ type of legends”: merging traditions. Tolkien Studies, 4, pp. 51-71. (doi:10.1353/tks.2007.0015)

Fimi, D. (2006) "Mad Elves" and "Elusive Beauty": some Celtic strands of Tolkien’s mythology. Folklore, 117(2), pp. 156-170. (doi:10.1080/00155870600707847)

Fimi, D. (2005) "Come sing ye light fairy things tripping so gay”: Victorian fairies and the early work of J. R. R. Tolkien. Working with English: Medieval and Modern Language, Literature and Drama, 2, pp. 10-26.

Books

Fimi, D. (2017) Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology. Series: Critical approaches to children's literature. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137552815 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-55282-2)

Fimi, D. (2008) Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits. Palgrave Macmillan: New York. ISBN 9780230219519

Book Sections

Fimi, D. (2017) Tolkien’s Arda. In: Wolf, M. J.P. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds. Series: Routledge companions. Routledge: New York, NY, pp. 377-384. ISBN 9781138638914

Fimi, D. and Higgins, A. (2017) Invented languages. In: WOlf, M. J.P. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds. Series: Routledge companions. Routledge: New York, NY, pp. 21-29. ISBN 9781138638914

Fimi, D. (2016) The past as an imaginary world: the case of medievalism. In: Wolf, M. J.P. (ed.) Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 46-68. ISBN 9781138942059

Fimi, D. (2015) Teaching race and cultures in Tolkien's works. In: Donovan, L. A. (ed.) Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Other Works. Series: Approaches to teaching world literature (136). The Modern Language Association of America: New York. ISBN 9781603292054

Fimi, D. (2014) Later fantasy fiction. In: Lee, S. D. (ed.) A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien. Series: Blackwell companions to literature and culture. Wiley Blackwell: Malden, MA, pp. 335-349. ISBN 9780470659823

Fimi, D. (2013) 'Wildman of the Woods': inscribing tragedy on the landscape of Middle-earth in The Children of Húrin. In: Conrad-O'Briain, H. and Hynes, G. (eds.) Tolkien: The Forest and the City. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 43-56. ISBN 9781846824296

Fimi, D. (2012) Between Greece and Northwestern Europe: the fairy tales of Penelope Delta. In: Chen, F. and Honegger, T. (eds.) The European Tradition of the Fantastic. Series: Fastitocalon (2). WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag: Trier, pp. 97-112. ISBN 9783868213607

Fimi, D. (2012) Tolkien and the fantasy tradition. In: Whitehead, C. (ed.) The Fantastic (Critical Insights). Salem Press: Ipswich, Mass.. ISBN 9781429837354

Fimi, D. (2011) Filming folklore: adapting fantasy for the big screen through Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. In: Bogstad, J. M. and Kaveny, P. E. (eds.) Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers: Jefferson, N.C., pp. 84-103. ISBN 9780786446360

Fimi, D. (2007) Tolkien and old Norse antiquity: real and romantic links in material culture. In: Clark, D. and Phelpstead, C. (eds.) Old Norse Made New: Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture. Viking Society for Northern Research: London. ISBN 9780903521765

Scholarly Editions

Tolkien, J.R.R., Fimi, D. and Higgins, A.(Eds.) (2016) A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages. [Scholarly Editions]

This list was generated on Wed Dec 12 16:27:37 2018 GMT.