Dr Dimitra Fimi
- Lecturer in Fantasy and Children's Literature (English Literature)
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/
Myth and Folklore
Children's Literature and Science
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)
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.
Current Research Students:
Penelope Holdaway: Tolkien’s Faerie poetry through the lens of British folklore
Kristine Ainsworth Swank: Irish Mythology, Lit and Lang in works of JRR Tolkien
Aslı Bülbül Candaş: A Philosophical Exploration of the Pursuit of Perfection in Tolkien’s Secondary World
Teaching for 2018-2019
Fantastic History of the Twentieth Century
British Children's Fantasy
Welsh Crucible Alumna (http://www.welshcrucible.org.uk/dimitra-fimi/)
Member of the University’s Textual Editing Lab (https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/artslab/labs/textualeditinglab/)