Hello and welcome to my website. I am Dr Dimitra Fimi, lecturer in English and specialist on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. I also lecture on science fiction, children’s literature and myth and folklore.
New monograph out soon!
My forthcoming monograph, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy, is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan early next year, as part of their Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature series. You can pre-order the book from the Palgrave website, or at Amazon.
Recent Events and Publications
- November 2016: Talk with Dr Andrew Higgins at Pembroke College Oxford, to celebrate the publication of A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, exactly 85 years after Tolkien delivered the talk at Pembroke College.
- October 2016: Lecture on “Hallowe’en in Literature” for the Newport & Gwent Literary Club.
- September 2016: Paper on ‘Tolkien and the Art of Book Reviewing: A Circuitous Road to Middle-earth’ at Oxonmoot 2016, St Anthony’s College, Oxford.
- August 2106: Radio interview for the BBC Radio 4 programme Archive on 4: Tolkien: The Lost Recordings, alongside Dr Stuart Lee and Professor Tom Shippey.
- July 2016: Paper on ‘”Tears are the very wine of blessedness”: joyful sorrow in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings‘ for the Tolkien Society Seminar, Leeds. Also, I moderated sessions on Tolkien I organized for the International Medieval Congress 2016 at Leeds. See blog post on both events.
- May 2016: Paper on ‘Irishness, Folklore and Modernity in Kate Thompson’s The New Policeman‘ for the Fantasies of Contemporary Culture symposium at Cardiff University
- May 2016: Paper on ‘Tolkien and Radical Linguistic Experimentation’ for the “Tolkien at Kalamazoo” sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan
- April 2016: publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins. London: HarperCollins. See under Publications and Blog for reviews, interviews, etc.
- December 2015: contributions to the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show special on “Celebrating Alice”, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (see Media)
- October 2015: talk for event on Tolkien’s Legacy in Oxford, organized by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Bodleian Library (see Presentations)