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How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  313 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
En este mundo nada escapa a la ideologia. Nada escapa, por lo tanto, a la lucha de clases. Este libro intenta develar los mecanismos especificos por los que la ideologia burguesa se reproduce a traves de los personajes de Walt Disney; indagar, asimismo, en la estructura de las historietas para mostrar el universo de connotaciones que desencadena y que termina por ocupar el ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by International General (first published 1971)
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Sep 01, 2014 Trevor rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Trevor by: Eric Margolis
This is utterly remarkable. A Marxist critique of Donald Duck from Chilean academics published prior to the US inspired (and paid for) coup and burnt in the streets afterwards. But this analysis is much more interesting than just some historical curiosity. That Marxist Chileans didn’t much like Walt Disney is hardly surprising. What is interesting is that in providing this cultural analysis they are not merely saying that Disney was a representative of the capitalist class and therefore only ...more
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Jan 02, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing
Donald Duck as the agent of American imperialism? Surely it’s a joke, right?

Not according to Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart, exiles from the Chilean dictatorship. They are in dead earnest – and they do a good job of convincing the reader, in this slim volume of less than a hundred pages.

Donald Duck (and later on, Uncle Scrooge) was my personal favourite among the Disney characters. In an age bereft of TV and computers, comic books were very popular among the bookish kids – and Walt Disney wa
Although the overreaction because of the excess of fantasy and the apparent defense of the capitalism in Disney comics is too notorious and sometimes it can be a source of hilarity, this book is perfect for all the people who want to understand the ways of popular culture and mass media theory in the 1970s.

Mattelart and Dorfman don't deny their marxist background and while they even reach the point of calling Disney an enemy of Latin America's society, some of the points are actually smart criti
Nov 22, 2011 Mjhancock rated it really liked it
Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart present a Marxist critique of Disney Comics, under the argument that its representations are composed of the everyday form of our social oppression. Each chapter addresses a different facet of the Disney method. The introductions and forwards set up the cultural context of the book's original publication, that of the Chilean unrest of the 1970s. The first chapter addresses parental roles is Disney comics, or rather the lack thereof; every male is an uncle or ...more
Sep 26, 2014 Dominick rated it it was ok
I can't really quarrel with any of the main points this book raises, except to say that they seem to me to miss the point somewhat. Actually, I can quarrel more than that. Valid enough as the observations here are in broad strokes, they are also ultimately, I believe, overly reductive--not surprising, I suppose, given the ideological and polemical aims of the authors. Indeed, the polemical style occasionally interferes with intellectual objectivity. Of course, they're not really trying to be ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, comics
This is an interesting take on comic books; using marxism to critique the allegory that Donald duck/Disney is an agent of American Imperialism.

The authors take a passionate stance with regard Disney and mimicking the dominated / dominator character binary that comics over simplify in order to create an unmistaken message in the caricature does exactly to Disney which they proclaim Disney is doing; using comics to subvert but instead of repressing children, Disney is actually an agent to undermin
tom bomp
interesting book. definitely one of my favourite works off cultural studies I 've seen. written in an anti imperialist context it looks at how Disney comics uphold bourgeois ideas about where wealth comes from, for example,that support capitalist ideas in children. notably,Disney's treatment of indigenous populations is shown to be horrifying and completely support white saviour myths and romantic ideas of colonialism. also talked about is how Disney restricts childhood imagination to ...more
'Izzat Radzi
This book was originally written in Chile, in the early 70's, in favour of the Chilean revolution.

It's as the author notes, the message behind the culture promoted by the Disney comic's Donald Duck in the country, is worrisome (that is, for culture watchers).

Aspects like the consumerism belt, repression of class struggle, women existence only as adulation and pageantry, the formation of images of third world countries (not only Chile's, but Vietnam as well amongst others) are discussed, most o
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
What a great content analysis of Donald Duck comics from a Chilean point of view as the democratically elected Allende government was coming into power only to have nightmare of Pinochet emerge quickly with full backing and support of the US.

Dorfman and Mattelart cut away the propaganda and expose the duck and the Disnified world they live in as one that reproduces negative stereotypes through a US colonialist lens all the while being peddled to people in Latin America as some innocent, child's
Adrián Sánchez
Que libro tan malo, se supone que Disney mediante unas tiras cómicas del Rico McPato estaba subliminalmente sugiriendo el imperialismo norteamericano, aún si esto fuera cierto ¿acaso está queriendo decir que latinoamérica carece del intelecto necesario para permanecer "soberana"? ¿qué solución ofrece el autor en este libro? ¿imponer un socialismo? bueno, es evidente que este tipo de libros solo servía de propaganda para la época, esa en la que habían derrocado a Allende, es simplemente otro ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cold-war
I may have power read it, but that doesn't mean it wasn't fascinating.

Ariel Dorfman writes a Marxist interpretation of Disney's Donald Duck comics while in exile from his native Argentina during the height of the Cold War.

The characters were all familiar with look a little less innocent after reading this, Disney has succeeded in creating a subtle and very dangerous tool of neo-colonial influence. IS NOTHING SACRED?!
Oct 21, 2015 Leonardo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: insurrection
Esta bueno. No sé mucho que decir. Me quedó un poco extraño, la verdad es que yo no leí nunca al pato Donald ni estoy familiarizado con la cultura Disney en general. También tiene algunas cosas que quedan fuera de época leyendolo 40 años después de su publicación. Está bien, es un ejemplo de colonialismo y de ideología, pero me parece que hoy día hay mejores cosas para leer al respecto.
Sep 23, 2007 Bill rated it it was ok
It's an interesting enough idea - reading and examining the pro-imperialist leanings that may be present in South American Disney comics - but very dry if you're not the sort of person who is, you know, interested in things like South American imperialism. Decidedly not for me, but I'm still willing to give it a good ol' 2 star "it was okay" for the attempt.
Dec 07, 2010 Osvaldo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-related
I am hard pressed to think of a more uncompromising work of criticism. Utterly fantastic, both in content and in its place as a historical-cultural artifact of both Chile and pernicious foreign policy of the United States.
Dec 15, 2013 Aaron rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-work
Highly accessible, plenty of humor, solid analysis, if somewhat dated in its direct arguments, but highly relevant in its meta argument.
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Jul 11, 2008 Lauraathie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un texto de 1972 que conocí en los noventas.
Indispensable para entender la comunicación de masas.
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Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina since 1985.

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