Margarita Saona

Professor and Head of the Department 

PhD, Columbia University; M.Phil, Columbia University; Licenciatura, Universidad Católica del Perú, B.A. Universidad Católica del Perú

Major Interests: 
Contemporary Latin American literature; national identities, family, and gender; modernity and posmodernity; utopian and dystopian narratives; memory, visual arts, and trauma studies, cognition and the arts. 

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.

Fellowships and Awards

  • Institute for the Humanities Fellow
  • Recognition by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Faculty Who Makes a Difference
  • Faculty in Residence of the Year

Research websites:



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Contact Information

Office: 1711 UH, MC 315
Phone: 312-996-5222
Fax: 312-413-1044