• Ariel Dorfman

  • Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature; Professor of Latin American Studies; Spanish Studies
  • Romance Studies
  • 125F Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: (919) 684-6605
  • Fax: (919) 684-3598
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    Ariel Dorfman, (adorfman@duke.edu), (http://www.adorfman.duke.edu/), Walter Hines Page Research professor of Literature and Latin American Studies in the Center for International Studies, and Professor, Romance Studies. He teaches courses each Spring semester on Spanish-American and Third-World literature and culture. He is the author of many books of literary and cultural criticism. His major publications in this area include: Imaginación y Violencia en América, Hacia la liberación del lector americano, Para Leer al Pato Donald, The Empire's Old Clothes, and Some write to the Future. As a writer of fiction, he has published, among others, Blake's Therapy (Terapia), Viudas (Widows), Cría Ojos, La Ultima Canción de Manuel Sendero, Máscaras, The Nanny and the Iceberg, and Konfidenz. He has also written poetry In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land and Pruebas al Canto, receiving the 1995 Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum. He contributes regularly to a number of publications worldwide as a commentator and journalist. His plays, Widows, Reader, and Death and the Maiden, have received many major awards. He is the first Latin American writer to receive the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award for best play in England (1992). The film Death and the Maiden was co-written and co-produced by Professor Dorfman and directed by Roman Polanski. Professor Dorfman has also co-written an award winning BBC teleplay (1995) and co-directed the short, My House is on Fire. Before coming to Duke, he taught at the Universities of Chile, Amsterdam, and Maryland, and at the Sorbonne. His latest books are Exorcising Terror, The Incredible Unending Trial of General Augusto Pinochet, the memoir Heading South, Looking North (published in Spanish as Rumbo al Sur, Deseando el Norte) and a novel he has co-written with his son, Joaquin Dorfman, The Burning City. His play, Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark, premiered at the Kennedy Center and was transmitted nationally as part of the PBS series great performances. Professor Dorfman's newest projects include the staging of Purgatorio, another play, on Broadway in 2004 and The Other Side, which will premiere in Tokyo's New National Theatre in April 2004 and will then open in England directed by Sir Peter Hall. National Geographic will publish his Desert Memories: A Journey through the Chilean North, in fall of 2003.
  • Specialties

    • Spanish
    • Latin-American Studies
    • Performance Studies
    • Comparative Studies: Translation, Travel Narratives, Trans-Culturality
    • Critical Theory, Philosophy
    • Modern and Contemporary
    • Globalization, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity
  • Research Summary

    Popular Culture and Globalization
  • Research Description

    Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies; has a Licenciatura in Comparative Literature from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 1965. He has taught at the Universidad de Chile, the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the University of Amsterdam. His major publications include the essays, How to Read Donald Duck (in collaboration with Armand Mattlelart, 1971), The Empire's Old Clothes (1983), and Someone Writes to the Future: Essays on Contemporary Latin American Fiction (1991). He is also the author of a collection of poetry, Last Waltz in Santiago and Other Poems of Exile and Disappearance (1988), and In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land: New and Collected Poems from Two Languages (2002), and the memoir, Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey (1998). His novels include Widows (1983), The Last Song of Manuel Sendero (1986), Mascara (1988), Hard Rain (1990), Konfidenz (1995), The Nanny and the Iceburg (1999), and Blake's Therapy (2001). His plays include Widows (which won a New American Plays Award from the Kennedy Center), and Reader (winner of the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center) which is in production world wide. Death and the Maiden, winner of many awards and also in production worldwide, was made into a Roman Polanski film. Mascara (with son, Rodrigo Dorfman), premiered in Bonn in 1998, and Who's Who (also with Rodrigo Dorfman) premiered in Frankfurt in 1998. He also has created a collection of his plays, The Resistance Trilogy, which includes Death and the Maiden, Reader, and Widows. His most recent non-fiction works include Exorcising Terror: The Incredible, Unending Trial of General Augusto Pinochet (2002), Other Septembers, Many Americas (2004), Desert Memories: Journeys through the Chilean North (2004), and he collaborated on the novel The Burning City, with his youngest son, Joaquin Dorfman. His latest plays include The Other Side and Purgatorio. A documentary feature film based on his life, "A Promise to the Dead: the Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman," was directed by Peter Raymont in 2007 and shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. He has recently begun to work with composers, writing the libretto (in verse) for an operatic version of Death and the Maiden (music by Jonas Forssell), which premiered at Malmo in September of 2008; and the book for Dancing Shadows (music by Eric Woolfson, lead singer and composer of the Alan Parsons Project), which opened in Seoul in July 2007 and went on to win five Korean Tonys. He is currently working on another opera, with the Scottish composer Nigel Osborne, based on a legend of the Upanishads. He has just completed Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Uurepentant Exile, the second volume of his memoirs, which will Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish in Fall 2011. Prof. Dorfman continues to write regularly for many of the most important newspapers and magazines in the US and abroad, and in 2010 delivered the 8th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • University of Chile,
      • 1965
      • Licenciado en Filosofia con Mención en Literatura General (MA equivalent),
      • University of Chile, Santiago, Chile,
      • 1965
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Naledi Theatre Awards,
      • Naledi Theatre Awards of South Africa,
      • March 18, 2013
      • Dong-A Theatre Award's Best Play of 2012,
      • Dong-A Media Group, Korea,
      • January, 2013
      • Doctor of Humane Letters,
      • Franklin and Marshall College,
      • May, 2011
      • Benefit dinner in honor of 25 Years at Duke,
      • Duke University Center for International Studies,
      • 11-15-09
      • Medal of Commandeur in the House of Orange,
      • Queen Beatrix, The Netherlands,
      • May, 2009
      • Latin American Peace and Justice Award,
      • NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America),
      • May, 2008
      • Insight Award for Excellence in Writing for Documentary,
      • National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists,
      • February, 2008
      • Best Musical for Dancing Shadows,
      • Korea Musical Awards,
      • 10-23-07
      • O'Henry Prize for Short Stories,
      • O'Henry Prize Committee of Award,
      • June, 2006
      • Lowell Thomas Silver Award,
      • 2004
      • ALOA Prize,
      • Denmark,
      • 2002
      • Doctor of Humane Letters,
      • American University,
      • 2001
      • Fellow,
      • American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
      • 2001
      • St. Vincent de Paul Centennial Lecture Medal,
      • Chicago,
      • 1999
      • Yoshiko Yuasa Prize for Best Foreign Play in Japan,
      • 1999
      • Forum Fellow,
      • World Economic Forum, Davos,
      • 1997
      • Member, Académie Universelle Des Cultures,
      • 1996
      • Charity Randall Citation,
      • International Poetry Forum,
      • 1995
      • Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award,
      • 1995
      • 1994 Dora Mavor Award,
      • Best Production of a Play in Canada,
      • November 1994
      • Bradford College,
      • Doctor of Humane Letters,
      • 1993
      • 29th Dong Award,
      • Korean Award for Best Play,
      • 1992-1993 Season
      • Literary Lion,
      • New York Public Library,
      • 1992
      • Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play in London,
      • 1992
      • Doctor of Letters,
      • Wooster College,
      • 1991
      • Roger L. Stevens Award, Extraordinary Playwrighting,
      • 1991
      • Time Out Award for Best Play in London,
      • 1991
      • Doctor of Humane Letters,
      • Illinois Wesleyan University,
      • 1989
      • The Kennedy Center/American Express New Plays Award,
      • 1988
      • Visiting Fellowship,
      • Institute for Policy Studies, Duke University,
      • 1981-1984
      • Fellowship,
      • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian,
      • 1980-1981
      • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Research Fellowship,
      • 1974-1976
      • Premio Ampliado,
      • Sudamericana-La Opinión,
      • 1973
      • First Prize,
      • Chile-Films Film Competition, Santiago,
      • 1971
      • Research Scholar,
      • University of California, Berkeley,
      • 1968-1969
  • Recent Publications

      • A. Dorfman.
      • (December 8, 2013).
      • "Beyond the Legendary Mandela".
      • Sunday Times in South Africa
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      • 1-2.
      • A. Dorfman.
      • (December 8, 2013).
      • "When Mandela Became Real to Me".
      • New Republic
      • Chris Hughes (Eds.),
      • ,
      • Sunday
      • Chris Hughes.
      • [web]
      • A. Dorfman.
      • (December 4, 2013).
      • The Struggle for Chile’s Future.
      • The Nation
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      • In the Dec. 23/30, 2013 edition.
      • New York, NY:
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      • [web]
      • A. Dorfman.
      • (November 15, 2013).
      • "Chile elections: three candidates, three fathers and an awful lot of history".
      • The Guardian
      • London, UK:
      • The Guardian News and Media Limited.
      • [web]
      • A. Dorfman.
      • (October 8, 2013).
      • "A Way Out for Egypt? Lessons from the Chilean Plebiscite".
      • The Nation
      • Katrina vanden Heuvel (Eds.),
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      • In the Oct. 28, 2013 edition.
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      • New York, NY:
      • THE NATION COMPANY, L.P..
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