Thompson Rivers University

George M. Johnson

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


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Social justice issues, particularly peace and the environment; antiquarian books

Research Interests

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


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


Mockus. Jupiter Theatre, Calgary, 2021.
How Hope Became an Activist. PB. Dixi Books London, 2020.
Marisa and the Mountains. Picture Book. Simply Read Books, 2020. Finalist in the San Francisco Writers Conference Writing Contest.
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, 1999.
Ed. and Intro. British Novelists Between the Wars. Vol. 191. D.L.B. 1998.
Ed. and Intro. Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, First Series. Vol. 153. D.L.B., 1995.

Recent Articles:
Grief in victory: Therapeutic writing helped to heal a nation after the First World War. The Conversation, Nov. 6, 2018.
Review of Charles Andrews, Writing Against War: Literature, Activism and the British Peace Movement. Northwestern University Press, 2017. Literature and History (27.2) November 5, 2018, pp. 228-230.
Excavating the Psyche as Constructed by Pre-Freudian Pioneers, in Excavating Modernity: Physical, Temporal and Psychological Strata in Literature, 1900-1930. Eds. Eleanor Dobson, Gemma Banks. Routledge, 2018.
"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.

Recent Awards:
TRU Master Scholar Award Apr. 2017
2017 Peace Pledge Official Finalist Cannes Screenplay Contest
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:
Search Me! Black Cat Theatre, Kelowna, Feb.8-9, 2019
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 "Rest Assured," 6th annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto. June 2nd to the 12th, 2011.
Full Production of "Rest Assured," 9th annual "Pick of the Vine" show produced by Little Fish Theatre, Los Angeles, California. January 14-February 19th, 2011.
Full Production of "Still Life With Nudes": Regina Centre for the Performing Arts, 2009. Winner of Regina Little Theatre's National Playwriting Competition.

Courses Taught

English 3370 Novel Writing Winter 2021

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


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