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dc.contributor.authorHellmann, Ollien_NZ
dc.contributor.authorOppermann, Kaien_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2023-11-02T21:26:47Z
dc.date.available2023-11-02T21:26:47Z
dc.date.issued2023-10-28en_NZ
dc.identifier.issn1369-1481en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/16112
dc.description.abstractBiographical narratives generate a continuous sense of political community across the state’s past, present and future, and provide the state with ontological security. Building on growing International Relations scholarship that highlights the power of visuals in shaping global politics, our article proposes visual rhetorical analysis as a tool to interrogate how governments employ images to tell their biographical narratives. The rhetorical approach transcends the methodological divide in the current ‘visual turn’ literature between the cognitive psychological and poststructuralist perspectives. We illustrate the analytical value of the rhetorical approach through an empirical study of how the totalitarian regimes of China and North Korea communicate their biographical narratives – the ‘rightful great power’ narrative and the ‘family state’ narrative, respectively – through propaganda imagery of their leaders. To this end, we develop a close semiotic reading of selected photographs of Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un in different narrative settings.en_NZ
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13691481231204313en_NZ
dc.rights© 2023. This work is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.
dc.titleVisualising state biographical narratives: A rhetorical analysis of Chinese and North Korean propaganda photographsen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/13691481231204313en_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfThe British Journal of Politics and International Relationsen_NZ
pubs.elements-id329473
pubs.publication-statusPublished onlineen_NZ
dc.identifier.eissn1467-856Xen_NZ


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