Abstract/Details

Mocking Hitler: Nazi speech & humour in contemporary German culture

Orich, Annika. 
 University of Calgary (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2009. MR51133.

Abstract (summary)

Mocking Hitler is by now an integral part of Germany's contemporary culture of remembrance. Germans ridicule their former leader and his fellow myrmidons in jokes, films, comics, plays, cabaret, and anti-neo-Nazi satire. Yet, instead of making fun of the historic individual, Germans generally deride Hitler's (self-)portrayal as the Führer and his mythological afterlife as the incarnation of absolute evil – a perception that is embodied by representations of Hitler the orator and Nazi speeches in general. On the basis of different examples of humour about Nazi speechmaking, this thesis identifies the reasons and functions that ridicule plays in Germans' coming to terms with the Nazi past as well as its problematic and beneficial implications. While humour, on the one hand, demythologizes and exposes Hitler, it serves Germans, on the other hand, as a medium to normalize the memory of Hitler and to distance themselves from their perpetrator past.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Germanic literature
Classification
0311: Germanic literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics
Title
Mocking Hitler: Nazi speech & humour in contemporary German culture
Author
Orich, Annika
Number of pages
116
Degree date
2009
School code
0026
Source
MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-494-51133-6
University/institution
University of Calgary (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MR51133
ProQuest document ID
304841345
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/304841345/fulltextPDF