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Ledaren är far till alla barnen: En semiotisk analys av mytisk symbolik i nordkoreanska propagandaposters
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2023 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

North Korea is one of the most isolated and secretive countries in the world. Its questioned leadership and state ideology, Juche, has been the subject of several studies where it has been described with religious and mythical terminology; the leader being described as a God and the ideology of Juche as his theology. This essay analyzes North Korean propaganda posters using a semiotic method with the purpose of deciding if and understanding how and why religious and mythical elements of the Juche ideology are reflected in the state produced propaganda posters. Furthermore, the symbolic meaning of the posters are examined relative to the religiously and mythically recounted qualities in North Korea's state ideology via the concept of mythical symbolism.     The content in all kinds of visual expressions is dependent on the cultural context where it is produced. Therefore, contextual reading regarding the North Korean context has been a substantial part of this essay in order to better understand and analyze the intricate details of North Korean propaganda posters. The contextual reading was carried out alongside the semiotic analysis, where the theme of the posters determined the nature of the contextual reading in order to better understand the themes. For example, the vast number of posters containing stars required thorough contextual reading regarding the significance and meaning of the star in North Korea.     The essay found that the religious and mythical qualities, so often attributed to the North Korean leaders and their ideological system, were reflected in the state produced propaganda posters. The religious and mythical properties of the posters often expressed an ideal through an archetype of the good North Korean citizen. This archetype communicates the mythical symbolism in the posters; a symbolism more often than not displaying the parental relationship between the leader and his people.

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2023. , p. 31
Keywords [sv]
Nordkorea; Juche; propaganda; poster; symbolik; arketyp
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-119747OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-119747DiVA, id: diva2:1743378
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Religious Studies
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Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
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Available from: 2023-03-17 Created: 2023-03-14 Last updated: 2023-03-17Bibliographically approved

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