The Empire′s Old Clothes

What the Lone Ranger, Babar, and Other Innocent Heroes Do to Our Minds

The Empire′s Old Clothes

Book Pages: 224 Illustrations: Published: January 2010

Author: Ariel Dorfman

Subjects
American Studies, Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies

In this powerful cultural critique, Ariel Dorfman explores the political and social implications of the smiling faces that inhabit familiar books, comics, and magazines. He reveals the ideological messages conveyed in works of popular culture such as the Donald Duck comics, the Babar children’s books, and Reader’s Digest magazine. The Empire’s Old Clothes was widely praised when it was first published in 1983. This edition, including a new preface by the author, makes a contemporary classic newly available.

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The Empire’s Old Clothes is as lively and relevant today as it was when it first came out. People like myself who have read it previously will re-read it with pleasure, use it in their work and courses, and re-sing its praises.” — Douglas Kellner author of, Guys and Guns Amok

“An intellectual book of the highest order, one that uses criticism to point a way toward social action.” — Herbert Kohl, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Dorfman has set out to reveal what everybody sees and nobody recognizes. . . . His case is persuasive (and also, not incidentally, often deadly humorous).” — San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“Dorfman’s arguments are witty, cogent and above all, persuasive. . . . Anyone who has ever looked at a movie or a comic book or a magazine (or plans to do so in the future) should read it.” — Newsday

The Empire’s Old Clothes is as lively and relevant today as it was when it first came out. People like myself who have read it previously will re-read it with pleasure, use it in their work and courses, and re-sing its praises.” — Douglas Kellner, author of Guys and Guns Amok

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Ariel Dorfman holds the Walter Hines Page Research Chair of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University. A world-renowned author, he has written numerous works of fiction, plays, poems, and essays in both Spanish and English, including Death and the Maiden, as well as the acclaimed memoir Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey, and (with Armand Mattelart) How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic.

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Preface to the New Edition xi

Preface to the First Edition xxi

1. Childhood as Underdevelopment 1

2. Of Elephants and Ducks 12

3. The Lone Ranger's Last Ride 58

4. The Infantilization of the Adult Reader 117

5. The Innocents March into History . . . and Overthrow a Government 154

6. Conclusion 173

Notes 185

Acknowledgments 197

Index 199
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-4671-5 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-4659-3
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