Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman

Walter Hines Page Research Professor Emeritus of Literature

External address: 
1316 Campus Drive, 101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, 1316 Campus Drive, 101 Friedl, Durham, NC 27708-0670
Phone: 
(919) 684-6605

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

  • Ph.D., University of Chile 1965

Dorfman, A. Para além do medo. Campo das Letras Editores S.A., 2004.

Dorfman, A. Mascara. Seven Stories Press, 2004.

Dorfman, A. The Rabbits’ Rebellion. Ma’ariv Book Guild, 2004.

Dorfman, A. Desert Memories: Journeys through the Chilean North. National Geographic Books, 2004.

(Play). Seven Stories Press, 2004.

Dorfman, A. Manifesto for Another World: Voices from Beyond the Dark. Seven Stories Press, 2004.

Dorfman, A. The Burning City (with Joaquin Dorfman). Doubleday (UK), 2003.

Dorfman, Ariel. Konfidenz. Dalkey Archive, 2003.

Pages

Dorfman, A. “Globalizing compassion, photography, and the: Challenge of terror.” Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror, 2010, pp. 275–80.

Dorfman, A. “Introduction to Empire's Old Clothes.” The Empire’s Old Clothes, 2010.

Dorfman, A. “Introduction to Empire's Old Clothes.” The Empire’s Old Clothes, 2010.

Dorfman, A. “Waving the Star-Spanglish Banner.” Spanglish, edited by Ilan Stavans, Greenwood Press, 2008, pp. 118–19.

Dorfman, A. “Reader.” Reader, Samuel French, Inc., 2008.

Dorfman, A. “Widows.” Widows, Samuel French, Inc., 2008.

Dorfman, A. “The Other Side.” The Other Side, Samuel French, Inc., 2008.

Dorfman, A. “Gringos.” Visions from Finis Terrae, edited by Pablo Arriarán, Inter-American Dialogue, 2008, pp. 205–13.

Dorfman, A. “Are there times when we have to accept torture?.” On Torture, edited by T. C. Hilde, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008, pp. 109–11.

Dorfman, A. “Are We Really So Fearful?.” On Torture, edited by I. Stavans, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008, pp. 112–14.

Pages

Dorfman, A. “When Mandela Became Real to Me.” New Republic, edited by C. Hughes, Chris Hughes, Dec. 2013.

Dorfman, A. “Chile elections: three candidates, three fathers and an awful lot of history.” The Guardian, The Guardian News and Media Limited, Nov. 2013.

Dorfman, A. “A Way Out for Egypt? Lessons from the Chilean Plebiscite.” The Nation, edited by K. V. Heuvel, vol. 297, THE NATION COMPANY, L.P., Oct. 2013.

Dorfman, A. “9/11: The Day Everything Changed, in Chile.” New York Times, Sept. 2013, pp. 6–7.

Dorfman, A. "My First Play". Edited by Nick Hern, Nick Hern Books, July 2013, pp. 42–45.

Dorfman, A. “Despedida y amanecer.” Pagina Doce, May 2013.

Dorfman, A. “Crossing the Street in Jaipur.” Guernica Magazine, May 2013.

Dorfman, A. "No Ha Lugar" and "Traduccíon Simultánea". Edited by Raul Silva-Caceres and Edgardo Mardones, EDITORIAL SIGNO LTDA, Feb. 2013, pp. 38–43.

Dorfman, A. “One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.” Brick: A Literary Journal, Cypress Avenue Inc., 2013, pp. 113–14.

Dorfman, A. "Una candela para Kerala". Edited by Rose Mary Salum compiladora, Literal Publishing, 2013, pp. 95–102.

Pages

Dorfman, A. Why trapped miners 'unwilling to die in darkness. CNN.com, 8 Sept. 2010.

Dorfman, A. Solidarity can help Chile prevail. CNN.com, 2 Mar. 2010.

Dorfman, A. Hope for Latin America: Obama's Nobel. Huffington Post, 20 Oct. 2009.

Dorfman, A. Forever: A Letter to Obama. Huffington Post, 9 Oct. 2009.

Dorfman, A. Poem for the Grandchildren of Three Five O. 350 Webstie, 2009.

Dorfman, A. My Paulina, My Country. Salon.com, 11 June 2008.

Dorfman, A. Homeland Security Ate my Speech. 15 Jan. 2006.

Dorfman, A. The Struggle for America's Soul. 27 Oct. 2004.

Pages

Dorfman, A. “Poem for the Grandchildren of Three Five O.” 350 Website, edited by Bill McKibben, 2009.

Dorfman, A. Security. Edited by P. Florence, Hay Festival Press, July 2008.

Dorfman, A. Blake’s Therapy (screenplay). 2008.

Dorfman, A. Reader. Samuel French, Inc., 2008.

Dorfman, A. Widows. Samuel French, Inc., 2008.

Dorfman, A. The Other Side. Samuel French, Inc., 2008.

Dorfman, A. Gringos. Edited by Pablo Arriarán, Inter-American Dialogue, 2008, pp. 205–13.

Dorfman, A. 'Prologue: That Deafening Noise' plus two other poems. Edited by J. Langer, Five Leaves Publications, 2008, pp. 132–132.

Dorfman, A. “Gringos.” Visions From Finis Terrae, edited by L. Furman, Anchor Books, 2008, pp. 205–13.

Dorfman, A. "Prologue: That Deafening Noise" plus two other poems. Edited by Jennifer Langer, Five Leaves Publications, 2008, pp. 132–132.

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