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Dr. Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson is a George MacDonald scholar, and a free-lance writer and lecturer based in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Her doctoral studies (Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, University of St Andrews) considered the concept of Mythopoesis / Mythopoeia as defined by Tolkien and Lewis, and as attributed to George MacDonald – how and why MacDonald earned their acknowledgment as a great mythopoeic writer, and MacDonald’s own mythopoeic intent. Her writings include studies of the work of Tolkien, Lewis, MacDonald, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield.

Selected Bibliography:

Book Chapters:

2007: “Tolkien & Mythopoesis” in Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature, and Theology, ed. Trevor Hart & Ivan Khovacs. Baylor Press. [attributed to “Kirstin Johnson,” original title: “Branches on the Tree of Tales: Tolkien and Mythopoesis.”]

2007: “Curdie’s Intertextual Dialogue,” in George MacDonald: Literary Heritage and Heirs, ed. Roderick McGillis, Zossima Press.

2012: “George MacDonald,” in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, ed. George Kurian. Wiley-Blackwell.


2012: “MacDonald’s Mythopoeic Art,” North Wind, A Journal of George MacDonald Studies, 2012.


The Mythopoeic Mission of George MacDonald.” Regent College Centenary George MacDonald Conference. Regent Audio. Vancouver, June 2005.

External links:

Official Website