December 9th, 2021 (15:00 – 16:30 Boston | 15:00 – 16:30 Lima | 21:00 – 22:30 Madrid)
Peruvian migration to the United States has a long history, but it has grown considerably since the 1980s, when Peru was undergoing a serious political and economic crisis, as well as an atmosphere of general violence that led to thousands of deaths. Both established and novice writers arrived in successive migratory waves and, writing mostly in Spanish, they oscillate between nostalgia and celebration of the conquest of a new space, often giving rise to a new “transnational identity.” This panel, led by three experts in the field, will examine literary writing by Peruvian migrants and their descendants in the United States: Ulises Juan Zevallos-Aguilar will focus on the narrators of the seventies and eighties; José Antonio Mazzotti will analyze poetry, with nostalgia, exile, and renewal as key concepts; and Juanita Heredia will address migrations and cities as central themes in 21st-century narratives.
U.J. Zevallos-Aguilar, professor of literatures and cultures of Latin America at Ohio State University, holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literatures from the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Asociación Internacional de Peruanistas. His teaching and research are focused on the Latin American contemporary period. J.A. Mazzotti, full professor of Latin American Literature at Tufts University, holds the Cátedra Rey Felipe VI de España de Cultura y Civilización Española. Author of numerous publications on Peruvian cultures, languages and literatures, he is also the president of the Asociación Internacional de Peruanistas. J. Heredia, professor of Spanish at Northern Arizona University, holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures from UCLA and is author or coauthor of several books on Latin American migration and transnational identities.