Javier García-Liendo

​Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, Princeton University
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    Javier García-Liendo's teaching and research interests include Andean literatures and cultures, the work of José María Arguedas, Latin American cultural and intellectual history, popular culture, material culture, literary theory, and cultural studies.

    His first book, El intelectual y la cultura de masas: Argumentos latinoamericanos en torno a Ángel Rama y José María Arguedas (Purdue University Press, 2017), studies intellectual responses to the impact of commodification and industrialization on Andean indigenous cultures and Latin American print culture during the second half of the 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. He is also the editor of Migración y frontera: Experiencias culturales en la literatura peruana del siglo XX (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2017).

    García-Liendo is currently working on a book titled The Children of Indigenismo: Schoolteachers and the Making of Popular Modernity in Peru. Analyzing schoolteachers as lettered producers, this book studies the translation of modernity at a popular level in rural schools of Central and Southern Andes (1940s-1950s). A second book-length project underway is about the figures of the popular in Peru, from indigenismo to Juan Velasco Alvarado’s regime.

    El intelectual y la cultura de masas

    El intelectual y la cultura de masas

    El intelectual y la cultura de masas studies the responses of Ángel Rama (Uruguay) and José María Arguedas (Peru) to the effects of mass culture on Andean indigenous cultures and Latin American print culture during the second half of the twentieth century. It explores the part that Rama and Arguedas played in the conceptualization and promotion of new cultural spaces made possible by commodification and industrialization, as capitalism transformed the imaginaries and materialities that had shaped their cultural projects for Andean and Latin American cultures.

    Migración y frontera: experiencias culturales en la literatura peruana del siglo XX

    Migración y frontera: experiencias culturales en la literatura peruana del siglo XX

    The conflictive interaction between the imaginaries of border and migration can be thought of as an axis that enables the discussion of the historical tensions that marked the cultural experience of Peru during the 20th century. The imaginary of the border is shown not only as a territorial delimitation, but also as the historical production of a cultural separation that establishes differences and, at the same time, encourages forms of communication between opposing worlds (from coexistence and intercultural dialogue, to war and marginality or racism). The imaginary of migration concentrates, in addition to population displacements, the multidirectional flow of languages, words, ideas, representations and materialities.

    The critical essays gathered in this book explore different ways in which Peruvian literature has put these tensions into circulation during the 20th century, pointing out to the central role of migration's imaginary, as well as diverse linguistic, geographic and biopolitical borders. These set of essays offer a review of classic debates (modernism, regionalism, nation, indigenism, internal war) in dialogue with specific readings of authors and genres such as poetry, essays, novels and chronicles.