Valentina López Liendo is a PhD student in the DFG Research Training Group ‘Authority and Trust’ at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Centring Colson Whitehead’s body of work, her dissertation examines contemporary authorship in the U.S. In her research, Valentina draws from literary sociology and African American studies in order to analyse the different themes and genres of Whitehead’s novels, as well as the varying contexts in which his works have been received.

BAAS 2023 Panel Review: 8C-The Clinging of Lot 49: Perspectives on Pynchon’s Persistence

Reviewed by: Valentina López Liendo Chaired by Dr James Baxter, a postdoctoral fellow at Trinity College Dublin, the panel ‘The Clinging of Lot 49: Perspectives on Pynchon’s Persistance’ explored the many ways in which Pynchon’s now hyper-canonical novel of 1966 resonates with contemporary American culture. The Crying of Lot 49… Continue reading