Classical Education Forum

Many of you will have heard about the closure of all Humanities courses at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning last July. These developments left a great number of students disappointed but now there is a new educational institution to answer the demand for courses in Classics, Literature, Art History and many other Humanities disciplines. My colleague Liz Mayor, formerly associate lecturer in Latin at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, has founded the Classical Education Forum, with three venues in Cardiff, in Whitchurch, Thornhill and Llandaff North. The Classical Education Forum is currently offering 38 courses, dayschools and trips across many Humanities disciplines. I am taking part in this new venture by offering two 10-week courses and taking part in the collaborative teaching of a Day School:

  • Filming by the book: Three Classic Novels on Screen (10-week course)
  • Fantasy Literature: From Victorian Fairy Tales to Modern Imaginary Worlds (10-week course)
  • Saturnalia and All That (day school)

The Classical Education Forum has generated some publicity in local news, including articles in the Western Mail and in the South Wales Echo.

  • To browse the courses and day schools offered by the Classical Education Forum click here
  • To read the relevant article in the South Wales Echo click here

Reviews of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History

In the last few months a number of reviews of my book Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits have appeared in various journals and magazines. I was delighted to see the latest one: a review by Jon Barnes for the Times Literary Supplement. Here are some highlights of the latest reviews:

“Dimitra Fimi’s Tolkien, Race and Cultural History traces the evolution of the legendarium with admirable care… This scholarly yet approachable book is filled with…surprising fragments.”
Jon Barnes, Times Literary Supplement

“Fimi’s study is well worth reading for the specialist as well as (or even more so) for the general reader. The author brings together (often for the first time) relevant research from cultural history and lays out her arguments fair and square… Fimi’s approach…forces us to reconsider some well-beloved clichés. Thus, it will no longer be possible to talk naïvely about the linguistic inspiration of Tolkien’s fiction without adding at least some qualifying remarks… Fimi’s book has given us some answers but has also opened up some avenues for future research. What more can we ask for?”
Thomas Honegger, Tolkien Studies

“No one doubts Tolkien’s originality, but Fimi’s book allows us to glimpse a kind of creative logic through which his legendarium almost had to happen: a climate welcoming of fairies and folklore; romantic quests of national mythologies; a general interest in language and linguistic invention… Fimi’s book reads so well that it’s hard to believe that it’s an academic tome…”
Henry Gee, Mallorn