Verlyn Flieger

Emeritus Professor

Contact:
verlynf@umd.edu

Biography

Verlyn Flieger, Professor Emerita in the Department of English, is the author of four critical books on the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, Splintered Light, A Question of Time, Interrupted Music, and Green Suns and Faƫrie, the last a collection of her published essays on Tolkien. She has edited a critical edition of Tolkien's short work Smith of Wootton Major, and is co-editor of the critical edition of On Fairy-Stories, Tolkien's seminal essay on myth and fantasy. She co-edited Tolkien's Legendarium, a collection of essays on Tolkien's world of Middle-earth. She is co-editor of Tolkien Studies, a yearly hardcover journal devoted to scholarly examination of Tolkien's work.

As an active member of the English Department faculty for 36 years she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Tolkien, Comparative Mythology, Medieval literature and Modern Fantasy. She has presented papers at international conferences on Tolkien in England, Wales, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Italy. Flieger has also published two novels, Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies' Caww, as well as an Arthurian novella, Avilion in the collection Doom of Camelot, and the short stories "Green Hill Country" and "Igraine at Tintagel." She teaches online courses in Tolkien and mythology for Signum University, the educational branch of the Mythgard Institute.

Education

Ph.D., Catholic University of America, 1977

Area Groups

Emeritus; Film Studies and Cultural Studies; Mythology and Folklore

Books

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Fall 2011

ENGL477 Studies in Mythmaking
ENGL639B Myth: Theme And Theory: Arthurian Myth And Legend

Spring 2011

ENGL377 Medieval Myth and Modern Narrative
ENGL466 Arthurian Legend

Fall 2010

ENGL466 Arthurian Legend
ENGL477 Studies in Mythmaking

Spring 2010

ENGL377 Medieval Myth and Modern Narrative
ENGL477 Studies in Mythmaking