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Fictions of Migration

Narratives of Displacement in Peru and Bolivia

Lorena Cuya Gavilano


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Lorena Cuya Gavilano’s Fictions of Migration: Narratives of Displacement in Peru and Bolivia is an aesthetic and cultural analysis of how political and economic trends have impacted narratives about migration in Peru and Bolivia in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Going beyond representations of migrants as subjects of crisis, Fictions of Migration approaches the migrant as a subject of knowledge, examining how narratives of migrancy in the Andes have become affective epistemological tools to learn about migrants’ experiences, cultural roots, and the mishaps of modernity that caused their displacement in the first place. Through the examination of films and novels—by such writers and filmmakers as José María Arguedas, Blanca Wiethüchter, Daniel Alarcón, Claudia Llosa, Jorge Sanjinés, Juan Carlos Valdivia, Jesús Urzagasti, and Paolo Agazzi, among others–Cuya Gavilano looks at the intersection of crisis, knowledge, and affect in order to piece together seemingly incompatible images of migrancy. She explores how dissimilar images of migration in two countries with a common ethnic and cultural history are the result of differentiated emotional and social responses to the adoption and adaptation of neoliberal economic agendas. Fictions of Migration thereby shows Andean stories of displacement can serve as distinctive models to understand multiethnic national spaces globally.

Praise For Fictions of Migration: Narratives of Displacement in Peru and Bolivia

Fictions of Migration is a much-needed meditation on the meanings and manifestations of migration within Andean narrative practices, specifically film and novel. It is a more than auspicious moment to be considering migration and what it means, and this study does this admirably.” —Jorge Coronado, author of Portraits in the Andes: Photography and Agency, 1900–1950

Ohio State University Press, 9780814214657, 206pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2021

About the Author

Lorena Cuya Gavilano is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultures at Arizona State University, Phoenix.