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The Empire's Old Clothes


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A classic text that challenges the ideologies behind much popular media, especially media aimed at children, which the Press will be putting back into print with a new preface.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.


"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, The Philadelphia Inquirer "Dorfman has a serious point: that children and adult readers should be treated as intelligent beings with a capacity to absorb and recall details of historical and social concern... He makes a compelling case against two-dimensional characters with no families, no past, and no responsibilities, who take actions with no real consequences, or who have adventures which change and resolve nothing."--Warren Clements, The Globe and Mail (Toronto) "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

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