The Visual Construction of the Myth of the Albanian National Leader

in Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society
Author: Denis Vuka 1
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  • 1 Denis Vuka is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History Didactics at the Free University of Berlin. vuka_denis@hotmail.com
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Abstract

This article examines the visual construction of the myth of the Albanian national leader in history textbooks. By applying visual social semiotics, it explores the function and usefulness of this myth during the critical years of Albania’s self-isolation from 1978 to 1990. Depicted in recurring episodes that were decisive for the existence of the national community, a capable leader emerges as its savior. His figure is perceived as a symbol of unity and as the only actor able to pave the way toward a bright future. This article argues that this myth served to legitimize power and secure social cohesion.