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Margarita Saona, PhD


Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Office Phone:

(312) 996-5222


Drop-In Hours & Class Schedule - Fall 2023
Monday 03:00pm – 04:15pm SPAN 192
05:00pm – 07:30pm SPAN 594
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm Drop-In Hours
03:00pm – 04:15pm SPAN 192


Margarita Saona is interested in issues of memory, cognition, empathy, and representation in literature and the arts. Her scholarly publications include Novelas familiares: Figuraciones de la nación en la novela latinoamericana contemporánea (2004), Memory Matters in Transitional Perú (2014), and Despadre: masculinidades, travestismos y ficciones de la ley en la literatura peruana (2021). She has also published several books of short fiction and the poetry collection Corazón de hojalata/Tin Heart (2017), which received the Luces award for the best Peruvian poetry collection of the year. Her latest publication is an essay on medical interventions entitled De monstruos y cyborgs (2023) and she is working on a multi-genre memoir on the experience of heart transplantation. She has been recognized twice by the Council of Excellence in Teaching and Learning and received the 2022 Amauta Tumi Award for outstanding teachers granted by the Peruvian community in the U.S. She has been a fellow of the UIC Institute for the Humanities on three occasions. She is also one of the fellows of The Patient Revolution, an initiative by Dr. Victor Montori from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to seek ways to transform medical care systems.

Selected Publications


Despadre: La masculinidades, travestismo y ficciones de la ley en la literatura peruana. Editorial Gafas Moradas. Forthcoming.

Memory Matters in Transitional Peru. Memory Studies Series, Palgrave MacMillan: London, 2014.

Novelas Familiares: Figuraciones de la nación en la novela latinoamericana contemporánea. Rosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2004.


“Distancias irreconciliables: La herencia del conflicto armado interno en el Perú”. HIOL. 2023, 30 (179-201).

“The Transport-Station of an Organ Transplant.” Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 2022, 27 (546-564).

“Otros conflictos internos en escena: San Bartolo y el teatro testimonial del abuso sexual en el Perú”. En Partera de la historia: Violencia en literatura, performance y medios audiovisuales en Latinoamérica. (pp. 175- 190). Editora Nómada / UAM, 2022

“Social networks, Storytelling, and the “Ni una menos” March in Peru.” Hispanófila, vol. 192, 2021, p. 61-73. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/hsf.2021.0032.

“Touching the Trace of the Real: Haptic and Metonymic Images of Exhumed Objects in the Construction of Collective Memory.“ Les Cahiers Sirice. Special issue: Material traces of mass death: the exhumed object. (2017)


The Ghost of You. Laberinto Press, 2023.


De monstruos y cyborgs. Intermezzo tropical, 2023.

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, 2006-2007, & 2022-2023, 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.

Selected Presentations

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits