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Sep 27 2022

First Faculty Fellow Lecture: Margarita Saona on September 27!

September 27, 2022

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


1007 W. Harrison, Suite 153

Join us for our first UIC Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellow Lecture on Tuesday, September 27, at 4PM in the NEW Institute for the Humanities space at 1007 W. Harrison, Suite 153 (next to Au Bon Pain).

"Entranced hearts: How to write about one’s own experience of heart transplantation?"
Professor Margarita Saona, Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, School of Literature, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics

There are two common narratives of organ transplantation: the heroic one, which depicts it as a miracle, and a horrific one, which depicts it as an aberration. "Entranced hearts" is a personal exploration of alternative paths in the representation of a heart transplant. From a phenomenological perspective, Margarita Saona recounts experiences that challenge a sense of self without recourse to those inherited narratives. In this presentation, she will explore how different registers of the written word – the analytic language of scholarship, the musicality of poetry, the plot-driven narrative, or the conjectural musings of the essay – present themselves as vehicles for tentative answers to the way illness in general and organ transplantation in particular interpellate us.


Margarita Saona

Date posted

Sep 21, 2022

Date updated

Sep 21, 2022