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Bryan Trabold

Bryan Trabold is an Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and a Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg. His recently released book from the University of Pittsburgh Press, Rhetorics of Resistance: Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa, examines the tactics of resistance developed by those working for the Weekly Mail and New Nation published in South Africa in the mid- and late 1980s. Trabold has also published articles in South African Historical Journal, African Journalism Studies, College English, and College Composition and Communication.


Rhetorics of Resistance: Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018.

Literacy, Economy, and Power: Writing and Research Ten Years after Literacy in American Lives. Edited collection. John Duffy, Julie Nelson Christoph, Eli Goldblatt, Nelson Graff, Rebecca S. Nowacek, and Bryan Trabold. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2014.

Articles and Selected Essays

"'A Willingness to Put a Knife in Its Own Back': Advertising, Self-Censorship, and the Weekly Mail's Resistance in Apartheid South Africa." African Journalism Studies. (September, 2017). 159-177.

“Historical Narratives as a Rhetoric of Resistance in Apartheid South Africa: The History Workshop and the New Nation.”  South African Historical Journal. 62.4 (December, 2010): 735-752.   

“Walking the Cliff’s Edge: New Nation’s Rhetoric of Resistance in Apartheid South Africa.”  College Composition and Communication.  61.2 (December, 2009)  w100-w124.

“’Hiding Our Snickers’: Weekly Mail Journalists’ Indirect Resistance in Apartheid South Africa” College English 68.4 (March, 2006): 382-406.

Click HERE to view Bryan Trabold in conversation with Jeremy Maggs about his recent publication 'Rhetorics of Resistance. Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa' / ENCA feature