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The Mythologization of the North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il

By Kinga Dygulska-Jamro, Ph.D

Tuesday, November 01, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
11377 Bunche Hall


The purpose of this talk is to examine the mythologization of Kim Jong Il in the North Korean propaganda. We will explore the leader’s mythologization in six different spheres: Kim Jong Il’s official biography, his character, personal outlook, internal politics and leaderships, attitude toward the USA, and toward unification issues. We will also look at the links between literature, press and politics. While past research offered multiple perspectives to advance our understanding about the nature of the North Korean regime, this talk singles out some of the unanswered questions that deserve further attention, e.g. how Koreans see themselves and their Dear Leader, or what is an influence of the leader’s mythologization on Korean society.

Kinga Dygulska-Jamro, Ph.D., graduated from Warsaw University, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and Kyung Hee University in Seoul. She was a recipient of several academic grants from Warsaw University, Korea Foundation and Korea Literature Translation Institute. For a few years she served as a correspondent accredited in Seoul, and a columnist in the Polish non-tabloid daily Rzeczpospolita. She published dozens of articles about Korean and Japanese culture and politics. Her recent translations of Korean literature include: Yi Mun-yol’s The Bird with Golden Wings, Lee Ho-chul’s Panmunjom, Lee Hyun-kyung Vittoria and Hauni, and Yoo Yul-soo Traditional Korean painting “minhwa” – symbols and beliefs. Currently she is writing a guide book on Korean literature and culture.

This event is free and open to the public

Cost : Free

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