How to Read Donald Duck is a book-length essay by Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart .. Both the Spanish title Para Leer al Pato Donald and the literal English title How to Read Donald .. 41–45; ^ Jump up to: McClennen ( ), p. by Ariel Dorfman First published Sort by. title, original Para Leer al Pato Donald: Comunicación de Masas y Colonialismo (Paperback). Published Para acceder al conocimiento, que es una forma de poder, no podemos seguir suscribiendo con la vista y la lengua vendadas, los rituales de iniciación con que .

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Another argument of the original book is that Donald Duck never works out of need. Dorfman’s new literary fame helped him secure a passport from Argentina. Payo specific chapter From the Noble Savage to the Third World argues that Third-World people are depicted as “childlike” in Disney comics and in need of supervision by the “adult people” of the Western world. Inwhen the work was written, Dorfman was less than 30 years old.

The book’s thesis is that Disney comics are not only a reflection of the prevailing ideology at the time capitalismbut that they are also aware of this, and are active agents in spreading the ideology. The mattelart feature products which are bought, sold, and consumed.

Para leer al Pato Donald – Ariel Dorfman, Armand Mattelart – Google Books

Dorfman was responsible for the release of international classic works in affordable Spanish editions. This page was last edited on 31 Octoberat La Firmein particular, often featured female characters who were unable to perceive the “proper revolutionary path” and were contrasted to male revolutionaries. The production of animated films required an extreme division of laborand they could not be seen as the works of a single auteur.


Tomlinson points that the book has been widely translated. There is no potential dialectic between a father and his son, a mother and her daughter. Dorfman and his co-writer later explained their intent to use their work as a tool towards “cultural liberation”.

McClennen notes that Dorfman was partly raised in the United States. Tomlinson questions whether this presence translates to cultural imperialism.

Editions of How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic by Ariel Dorfman

The entire state had been under the influence of the United States for many mattelrat. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There is an obsession with money and compulsive consumerism. But recognizes that the central notion on which the book relies is the “power of ideology” in imperialist texts.

These exotic lands are depicted as the source of wealth which is sought by Western adventurers, and their wealth as simply “there for the taking”.

They examine, refuse, and reject these values. Capitalist class relations are depicted as natural, unchangeable, and morally justified.

They wanted to protect Chile from “the enemy of class structure”. Dorfmna to Berger, the book managed to illuminate a global situation. The Disney ducks were often dispatched in distant lands on apparent civilizing missions. They also made a connection from this to the ideological effects their products had in postcolonial states. Ariel Dorfman over Donald Duck”.


Besides the readers, other critics of the Disney comics have seen them in a very different light. It also explored the political implications of the Theatre of the Absurd. In effect, he produced works of media studies. The style of the writing in How to Read Donald Duck was itself innovative.

This article’s tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. He believes that accessible art forms have the ability to inspire their audience. It was primarily a meditation on the relationship between art and politics.

Para leer al Pato Donald

They had to target and criticize the cultural merchandise which the United States was exporting to the Third World. He cited the then-ongoing Iraq War — as an example of where this ideological strategy leads. It tends to alienate, to infantilize, and to colonize its audience.

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