Analysing discourse in sports entertainment through multiple modalities

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This paper draws upon multimodal critical discourse studies to situate sports entertainment as a site of multimodal discourse construction and offer multimodal discourse analysis (MDA) as a means of understanding the abstracted relations that pervade and sculpt this form of popular entertainment. In doing so, the paper concentrates on three foci: 1) MDA as a discipline; 2) how previous professional wrestling studies demonstrate the functioning of multiple modalities in the popular discourse of sports entertainment; and, 3) a specific application of MDA to explore the process of institutional discourse construction during the World Wrestling Entertainment NXT Take Over: War Games broadcast.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-203
Number of pages14
JournalThe Popular Culture Studies Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018

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    • 1 Publication peer-review

    Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (Publisher)

    John Quinn (Peer reviewer)

    11 Mar 2019

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    • 1 Chapter
    • 1 Book/Film/Article review
    • 1 Doctoral Thesis

    Sports entertainment: toward a high concept of professional wrestling

    Quinn, J., 5 Mar 2019, Convergent wrestling: participatory culture, transmedia storytelling, and intertextuality in the squared circle. Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, (The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture).

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  • War Games Revisited

    Quinn, J., 21 Nov 2017, Professional Wrestling Studies Association .

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    Open Access
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