Chad Chisholm

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Basil Chad Chisholm
Biographical Information
Born27 July 1978
EducationUniversity of Texas at Arlington

Clemson University

University of Mississippi
LocationSouth Carolina, USA

Basil Chad Chisholm (27 July 1978) is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina, though he has also taught at the University of Texas at Arlington and at Rust College (Holly Springs, Mississippi) where he was named lecturer of the year by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education in 2008. 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 dissertation fellowship to complete his dissertation on "rhetoric-oriented approaches to juvenile texts,” which he successfully defended in November of that year.

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"