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Dimitra Fimi

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Dimitra Fimi is Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature at the University of Glasgow, and an expert on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. Her first monograph Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) won the Mythopoeic Scholarship award in Inklings Studies. She has also co-edited the first critical edition on Tolkien’s essay A Secret Vice,” in which he theorizes language invention as part of coherent worldbuilding (A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, HarperCollins, 2016). The book won the Tolkien Society Award for Best Book 2017. Her latest monograph is titled Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Based on adaptation theory, reception studies, as well as archival research and interviews with authors, the book focuses on the construction of Celtic” identities in contemporary fantasy novels for younger readers, both in the British Isles and in their Diasporas. The book was runner-up for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award and won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies.

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