Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Carlos Villacorta, a native of Peru, has had his first novel, “Alicia, esto es el capitalismo,” published in Peru.
In an interview with the Ploughshares Literary Magazine, Villacorta explained he “tried to depict a particular moment in Peru: the nineties during Fujimori’s dictatorship. Especially 1996 and 1997 when Fujimori consolidated his authoritarian government and pushed his neoliberal economic agenda. There were a lot of ways he controlled the media and bribed politicians-and not only politicians. He reached into everyone’s lives. Even actors, athletes, broadcasters, our own lives, etc.”
“There is very little written about those years-about the impact of Fujimori’s economic policy and his authoritarian dictatorship over Peruvian families. This novel focuses on a couple and their survival in a ruthless Peru,” he says. “Since then, the time period of the novel, Peru has become a country with more malls and apartments and restaurants-all of the things my generation lacked growing up: material things. But even today things have not changed that much under the surface. I wanted to write about that.”
Villacorta joined the faculty in 2010. He earned his B. A. in Hispanic literature from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, and his Ph.D. from Boston University. He has previously taught at Colby College, Simmons College, Boston University, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.
Villacorta’s most recent publication is “Antología Binacional de Cuento / Poesía Perú-Ecuador 1998-2008,” for which he is co-editor.
The full interview can be read online.