Michael D. Richardson presents at 22nd St. Louis Symposium on German Literature and Culture at Washington University in St. Louis, March 20-22, 2014.


Contributed by Kimberly Anderson

Dr. Michael D. Richardson, Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences and Associate Professor of German Studies, presented at the 22nd Biannual St. Louis Symposium on German Literature and Culture. This year’s symposium was entitled: Crossing the Disciplinary Divide: Conjunctions in German and Holocaust Studies. Dr. Richardson’s lecture was entitled, “Mass Murder and Mass Media: Hitler in the Age of Irony.”   

He discussed the ubiquity of internet memes and viral videos featuring images of Adolf Hitler, and offered a close reading of Timur Vermes 2012 bestseller Er ist wieder da ( Look Who’s Back) in terms of the ironic appropriation of Hitler in both popular digital culture in general and German popular culture in particular.