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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 clichés 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
Published on 01 Nov 2012.
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