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 introduction (10,000 words). Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, Second Series. Vol. 197. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research. Detroit: Gale Research, 1999.

Ed. and introduction (10,000 words). British Novelists Between the Wars. Vol. 191. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998.

Ed. and introduction (10,000 words). Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, First Series. Vol. 153. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995.

Recent Articles:

"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

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

"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, CA.

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": A harried homeowner opens his door to two strange solicitors with resounding consequences. 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": Seniors stage a sit-in at an avant-garde gallery until their nudes are hung. 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

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