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Margarita Saona, PhD


Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

1711 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5222


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Drop-In Hours and Classes - Fall 2021
Tuesday 11:00am – 12:15pm SPAN 210
02:30pm – 03:15pm UH 1711 or via Zoom
03:30pm – 06:00pm SPAN 525
Thursday 10:00am – 10:45am UH 1711
11:00am – 12:15pm SPAN 210


Professor Margarita Saona studied linguistics and literature at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. She received a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University in New York. She is head of the department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois. She is interested in issues of gender, memory, cognition, empathy, and representation in literature and the arts. She has published numerous articles, two books on literary and cultural criticism, Novelas familiares: Figuraciones de la nación en la novela latinoamericana contemporánea (Rosario, 2004) and Memory Matters in Transitional Perú (Londres, 2014), two books of short fiction, Comehoras (Lima, 2008) and Objeto perdido (Lima, 2012), and a book of poems, Corazón de hojalata/Tin Heart (Chicago, 2017). She is currently working on two projects, one on the representation of masculinity in Peruvian literature and culture and another one on patients' narratives from a medical humanities perspective.

Selected Publications


  • Los mecanismos de la memoria: Recordar la violencia en el Perú. Lima: Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2017.
  • Memory Matters in Transitional PeruMemory Matters in Transitional Peru. Memory Studies Series. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Novelas Familiares: Figuraciones de la nación en la novela latinoamericana contemporánea.Rosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2004.


  • “Plain Things and Space in Memorials of Social Trauma.” Hispanic Issues On‐Line. Spring, 2014.
  • “Maternidad y paranoia en el estado autoritario: Leyendo a Eltit desde Schreber”. Perífrasis. Vol. 3, No 6. Bogotá, Julio-Diciembre 2012, pp. 55-72.
  • “Memory Sites: From Auratic Spaces to a Cyberspace of Peruvian Memorials,” Dissidences: Vol. 4: Iss. 8, Article 9. (2012)
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  • “Wounded Men in the Dysfunctional Nation: Representations of Masculinity in Peru.” Global Masculinities and Manhood, ed. Ronald L. Jackson II and Murali Balaji. University of Illinois Press, 2011, pp. 106-123.
  • “The Knowledge that Comes from Seeing: Yuyanapaq and the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” Human Rights and Latin American Cultural Studies. Ed. Ana Forcnito and Fernando Ordoñez. Hispanic Issues On Line. Volume 4.1, Summer 2009.
  • “Stories of Guilt and Melancholia: Lima-New York-Chicago-Cyberspace-and-Back.” Review: Literature and Arts of the AmericasIssue 77. Vo. 41, Nº 2, 2008, pp.302-309.
  • “Melancolía y epifanía en Borges”. Variaciones. Borges. Nº 25, April 2008.  pp.156-173.
  • “Pierced Tongues: Language and Violence in Carmen Boullosa’s Dystopia.” Body and Violence: Race, Gender, and the State. Ed. Arturo Aldama. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003.
  • “Borges, ‘El Sur’ y la nación imaginada”. Inti. Revista de Literatura Hispánica. 55-56 (Primavera 2002-Otoño 2002): 139-148.


  • Objeto perdido. Lima: Tranvías Edires, 2012.
  • Comehoras. Lima: Mesa Redonda, 2008


  • Corazon de hojalata/Tin Heart. Chicago: Pandora Lobo Estepario, 2017.

Publication Aggregators

Service to Community

  • Assistant in Self-Defense programs with Thousand Waves, Martial Arts and Self-Defense NFP
  • Poetry readings by Poesía en Abril

Notable Honors

1999-2000 and 2006-2007, Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Humanities

2017, Luces award for best book of poetry in Peru, El Comercio newspaper

2004 and 2011, Teaching recognition by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, UIC Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Columbia University, Ph.D.
Columbia University, M.Phil.
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Licenciatura
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, B.A.

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