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Chad Chisholm

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Chad Chisholm
Biographical information
Born27 July 1978
EducationUniversity of Texas at Arlington

Clemson University

University of Mississippi
LocationMemphis area, USA

Chad Chisholm (27 July 1978) is a teacher of English at Rust College (Holly Springs, Mississippi). In 2008, Chisholm was named instructor of the year by Rust president David L. Beckley and by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education. Chisholm has written several articles on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the Inklings. Much of his present scholarship springs from John Poulakos's theory of rhetorical possibility, and Chisholm is working on a book that uses C.S. Lewis' ideas on children's storytelling to develop a theory of possibility to reexamine classical children's literature. In 2013, Chisholm was awarded a UTA dissertation fellowship to complete his dissertation on "rhetoric-oriented approaches to juvenile texts.”


Bibliography, selected


  • 2008: Mallorn 45
    • "Winston and Frodo: Demons, Choices and Grace in The Lord of the Rings"
  • 2010: Mallorn 50
    • "The wizard and the rhetor: rhetoric and the ethos of Middle-earth in The Hobbit"