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.