Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

George M. Johnson

George M. Johnson

George M. Johnson

Name: Dr. George M. Johnson
Position: Professor
Phone: 250-371-5556


Social justice issues, antiquarian books, Nineteenth-Century Ontario history, singing

Research Interests

Late-Victorian and Edwardian and Modernist British literature; psychoanalytic and psychological approaches to literature; literary biography; creative writing, including picture books, stage plays and screenplays


B.A. (Hon. Scholars Elective), English and Psychology, University of Western Ontario; M.A., Ph.D. McMaster University


Mourning and Mysticism in First World War Literature: Grappling With Ghosts. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction. Palgrave Macmillan, U.K., 2006.

J.D. Beresford. New York: Twayne/Simon and Schuster, 1998.

Ed. and Intro. Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, Second Series. Vol. 197. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research. Detroit: Gale Research, 1999.

Ed. and Intro. British Novelists Between the Wars. Vol. 191. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998.

Ed. and Intro. Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, First Series. Vol. 153. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995.

Recent Articles:
"John Rodden, Between Self and Society: Inner Worlds and Outer Limits in the British Psychological Novel." Literature and History, vol. 26, issue 1, 2017, 121-124.

"Algernon Blackwood's Modernist Experiments in Psychical Detection." Formal Investigations: Aesthetic Style in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Detective Fiction. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag, 2007, Rptd. 2014.

"Evil is in the Eye of the Beholder: threatening children in two neglected Edwardian speculative satires." Science Fiction Studies. Vol. 41, No.1 (March 2014): 26-44.

"The Other Side of Edwardian Fiction: Two Forgotten Fantasy Novels of 1911." Wormwood: Literature of the fantastic, supernatural and decadent. U.K., No. 16 (Spring 2011) 3-15.

"'Purgatorial Passions': 'The Ghost' (a.k.a. Wilfred Owen) in Owen's poetry." The Midwest Quarterly. Vol. LI, No. 2 (Winter 2010) 152-168.

"Apparition of a Genre: The Psychical Case Study in the Pre-Modernist British Short Story." Studies in the Fantastic. No. 1 (Summer 2008): 3-17.

Recent Awards:
TRU Master Scholar Award Apr. 2017

2017 The Wonder Finalist. Script Doctor ???Contest of Contest Winners Screenplay Competition,??? L.A.

2017 Peace Pledge. Screenplay. Winner. Wildsound Festival, Toronto.

2015 "Peace Pledge" [screenplay] Honourable Mention, Euroscript Screen Story Competition, London, U.K.

2015 Peace Pledge. Finalist in ???The Contest of Contest Winners??? Competition, L.A.
"The Wonder," [screenplay] Finalist. British Independent Film Festival Screenplay Competition, 2012, London, U.K.
"The Wonder," [screenplay] One of Eight Semi-finalists. FirstGlance Screenplay Competition, 2012, Los Angeles.

Recent Plays:
Mockus. Produced by Chimera Theatre Company. Pavilion Theatre, Kamloops. Feb. 8-11th, 2017

Published. Still Life With Nudes. Portland: ArtAge Senior Resource Center, 2013.
Published. "Still Life With Nudes."[playscript] "Ryga: A Journal of Provocations." 5 (Summer 2012): 89-180.
Full Production of one-act play "Rest Assured": Selected out of 327 entries for the 6th annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto. Alumnae Theatre, June 2nd to the 12th, 2011.
Full Production of one-act play "Rest Assured," selected out of 450 entries for the 9th annual "Pick of the Vine" show produced by Little Fish Theatre, Los Angeles, California. January 14-February 19th, 2011.
Staged Reading of one-act play "What's the Buzz?": If bees become extinct so will we. Aug. 21, 2010. Finalist in Center of the World Eco-Drama Festival, Frazier Park, California. Staged reading on video at:
Full Production of one-act play "Still Life With Nudes": Regina Centre for the Performing Arts, Regina, Saskatchewan, Oct. 23-24, 2009. Winner of Regina Little Theatre's National Playwriting Competition.

Courses Taught

Fall 2017
English 2070 Stage Play Writing Tues. 8:30-11:20 IB 1007
English 3330 Screenplay Writing Fri. 8:30-11:20 AE 308

Winter 2018 Sabbatical

Professional Affiliations

Writers' Union of Canada
Playwrights Theatre Guild of Canada
Playwrights' Theatre Centre, Vancouver
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
The Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945