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About ashlealebrisket

living and learning and teaching in france, exploring the narratology behind cycling journalism,

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I’m still trying to decide if life without the Tour is more or less boring than life in a universe where Wiggo wins every TDF. It’s like if every book I had to read from now on was Wuthering Heights … Continue reading

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Is anyone having fun, or is this boring?

I’m not day to day on my journalistic analysis, but I am day to day on my article-reading, race-watching, and rumor-mill-churning. I’ve read a few articles and blogs that have called this year’s Tour de France BORING. They’ve raised questions … Continue reading

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Sport vs. Narrative

I would like to discuss the dynamic of the Tour and how it lends itself to being more of a narrative than other sports. It’s fairly obvious that the Tour de France is a sporting event. 22 teams made up … Continue reading

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This blog is boring today. I would like to explain the basic principal behind some of the narratological elements I’ll be examining. This ends up just being definitions and possibly justification, with very little application. It’s more about understanding what … Continue reading

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Fictional Racing

Before we start piecing apart the elements of the narrative, I feel obligated to justify how this theory of “story” applies to something that is non-fictional. The Tour isn’t fiction: it’s a real thing that really happens. But the stories? … Continue reading

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how and a little bit of what

Since there are a few more days left before the 2012 Tour, the next few blogs will focus on background information, definitions and possibly reviews of other races to help me develop a standard methodology. First and foremost, what is … Continue reading

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How The Race Was Won

At the suggestion of a colleague, I started this blog to help write my masters thesis. It’s been awhile since I have written extensively in english, so hopefully this will help develop a solid style and serve as an outlet for less formal ideas.

What is this blog about? In laymans terms, I’m interested in the way that cycling is portrayed in journalism. No, I’m not a journalist, nor does journalism interest me. But, I started reading French cycling news to help me learn French, and it worked, and I like to ride my bike, and I like to watch bike races. Combined with my love of literature, which now days manifests itsself in mostly narratological studies, I decided to write about the literature of cycling. Thus, The story of cycling.

I see on the internet blogs such as Cosmo Catalano’s “how the race was won”

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