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Victory is Ours! Narrative Reconstruction of Victory and Exultation in Written Sports Reports

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Jonas Nygaard Blom ,

Ebbe Grunwald

Abstract

The article presents a narrative and linguistic text analysis of the way Danish sports reporters reconstruct national victory and ecstatic exultation at Olympic sports events. Based on a case study of news reports (n = 73) from three consecutive Danish victories in the women's Olympic handball tournaments, 1996-2004, it is documented that the reporters use a variety of narrative and stylistic devices to reconstruct the victory and the emotional discourse of the event, most prominently a highly personal narrative voice, meta-commentaries, descriptions of ritual celebratory acts and figurative language that frames national unity. This leads to the conclusion that the reporters seek to transcend the narrative and stylistic clich├ęs of regular sports journalism in order to reconstruct the extraordinary story and, presumably, make the readers (re-)experience the exultation of the event.
How to Cite: Nygaard Blom, J. & Grunwald, E., (2012). Victory is Ours! Narrative Reconstruction of Victory and Exultation in Written Sports Reports. JOMEC Journal. (2), p.None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2012.10231
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Published on 01 Nov 2012.
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