Para leer al pato Donald. Comunicación de masa y colonialismo (Spanish Edition) – Kindle edition by Ariel y Armand Mattelart Dorfman. Download it once and. 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 Duck were chosen in reference to the earlier. Jul 19, The infamous Chilean book by scholars Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart, Para leer al Pato Donald (How to Read Donald Duck), was.

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Lastly, he writes that Dogfman cartoons include social criticism and even anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist references. The Disney ducks were often dispatched in distant lands on apparent civilizing missions.

Retrieved 27 August Mattelart argues that his book can be read as an extension of Mythologies. Inwhen the work was written, Dorfman was less than 30 years old. The writers argued that the Disney comics present as insignificant the entire realm of industrial production and the working classdespite the fact that these are the real generators of wealth in capitalist society.

His victory atiel the Chilean presidential election, was, however, only supported by a slim majority of voters. If you teach me how to skate this afternoon I’ll give you what you have always wanted.

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His first published work, The Absurd within Four Walls: His publisher and the authors of the original book were unfamiliar with Barks’ work and more interested in maintaining political orthodoxy than striving for accuracy. In other work, the book promotes yet another dordman theory to a gullible audience.

Elements which Dorfman viewed as “violent undergrowths” in fictional characters were re-examined and he came to realize that they match and accompany the deep-seated tendencies and fears of humanity. Dorfman eventually started working for Allende’s government, as a communications ql and media advisor.


The United States had reacted by imposing an “invisible blockade ” and organizing an embargo against the sale of Chilean copper. What has often been ignored is the differences between the versions of the Disney comics presented in North America and the ones presented in Latin America. These stories tend to be among the tamer ones in his canon of works. The writers did not merely examine the values of American consumer capitalism and their ideological effects on Chilean society.

Donald is pervertedbecause in his fantasy world there is no sex, and no procreation. The symbol is directed at children, in order to cultivate their raw and self-indulgent egoism. Kunzle recognized that the stories contained elements of satire and social realismelements often lacking in the world of comics. It tends to alienate, to infantilize, and to colonize its audience. The confusion over the characters’ origins, in their view, contributes to the sinister scheme of Disney.

He even accepted lower rates than other artists working for Western Publishing in order to retain his artistic freedom. She notes that this was an early work in Dorfman’s canon, only his third published book.

The Disney comics have been widely distributed in leee Third World since the s, and they could well serve as “carriers” of the cultural values of American capitalism. Tomlinson argues that How to Dorfjan Donald Duck is a difficult book to assess.

He decided to serve the cause by becoming one of its writers and culture workers. In the original English American version of the text, the nephews have the idea to teach them square dancing.

Andrae writes that it is not true that Disney controlled the work of every cartoonist, and that cartoonists had almost completely free hands unlike those who worked with animations. This non-parental reality creates horizontal levels in society, where there is no hierarchic order, except the one given by the amount of money and wealth possessed by each, and where there is almost no solidarity among those of the same level, creating a situation where the only thing left is crude competition.


Disney’s major field of work was animationand animation was seen by film critics as the product of an assembly line. Unmasking the Myth of ModernityUniv.

The character Donald Duck was particularly prominent in Chile. According to Andrae, Carl Barks did not even know that his cartoons were read outside the United States in the s.

According to John Tomlinson, How to Read Donald Duck is a “celebrated exemplar” of a genre of analyses, which focus on particular media texts with the aim to expose their imperialist nature. Second, he assumed that myths can easily be shattered.

This means the concept of the family is destroyed within their context. This ensures that research of the topic will continue, as it is essential to understanding to understanding the tensions existing between local identities, and the global economic and political situation. According to Mendoza, Montaner, and Llosa, How to Read Donald Duck offers a hardened ideological reading of Disney comics from a communist perspective.

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The writers were using a reductionist Marxist model of culture, where any cultural superstructure reflects the economic base. The Theater of Harold Pinterhad been released in He attributes this apparent lack of interest in the subject to the critical practices of the era. Capitalist class relations are depicted as natural, unchangeable, and morally justified.

Dorfman was responsible for the release of international classic works in affordable Spanish editions. They had a shared oppressor to confront, the Disney Company itself. The interpretations of the books differ considerably from the supposedly “naive” readings of the Disney comics’ child readers, and from the readings of most adult readers of the comics. This took place c. And neither the Disney studio, nor the publishers actually controlled the contents of the stories involved.