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Javier García Liendo received his Ph.D. in Latin American literatures and cultures from Princeton University and is currently Assistant Professor of Spanish. He also holds a B.A. in Peruvian and Latin American literature from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru). Before his doctoral studies, he worked and conducted research on orality and literacy in the Peruvian Amazon. His areas of specialization include Andean literature and culture, Latin American intellectual and cultural history, immigration, and mass culture. His first book, entitled El intelectual y la cultura de masas: Argumentos latinoamericanos en torno a Ángel Rama y José María Arguedas (forthcoming fall 2016, Purdue Studies in Romance Languages), studies intellectual responses to the impact of commodification and industrialization on Andean indigenous cultures and Latin American print culture during the second half of 20th century. Through a material analysis of print culture objects, such as magazines and pocket books, this work examines the circuits of communication established between intellectuals and national and regional publics in Latin America at the time. Similarly, it explores the role played by emergent communication technologies, such as voice recording, music records and radio, in the reshaping of rural indigenous cultures into a mass-oriented popular culture in Peru.
His current research on Andean literatures and cultures is devoted to two book-length projects. On the one hand, a cultural history of folklore in Peru (1930-1980), which studies both intellectual production of folklore as popular culture, and popular appropriations of folklore in contexts where migration and urbanization were rapidly transforming indigenous and urban popular cultures. On the other hand, an interdisciplinary study of the cultures of immigration in Peru (1950-present), which analyzes cultural production and popular public spheres.
Some of the courses previously taught by Professor García Liendo in the Department of Romance Languages include: “The Inconvenient Indio: Imagining Indigenous Cultures in Peru and Bolivia,” “The Production of Culture: José María Arguedas and the Migrating Andes,” “Untamed: Cultural Representations of Nature in the Andean Amazon,” “Modernity and Its Significant Others in Latin America,” “Cultures of the Andean Region,” as well as surveys on Latin American literatures and cultures, from Pre-Columbian times to the present.