Emi Frerichs

Position title: PhD Candidate in Latin American Literature and Culture, Gender & Women’s Studies

Email: frerichs@wisc.edu

Website: Emi Frerichs's website

Pronouns: Accepts all pronouns, they/them
Emi Frerichs’s CV

Emi Frerichs is an instructor for the Gender and Women’s Studies Department with cross-disciplinary instructional experience in the Departments of Spanish & Portuguese and LACIS (Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies).. They are in the process of completing their Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American Literature and Culture and Gender and Women’s Studies, with a specialization in Trans*/Travesti Studies. As a specialist of the Global South, Frerichs re-examines trans*/non-binary gender identity and non-normative sexualities by focusing on their radical revision in Latin American literature, history, and culture. While drawing on the linguistic expertise forged through field work as a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese, their research necessarily draws from as it also contributes to the transdisciplinary work of Latin American Studies, Travesti/Trans* Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Their work focuses attention on the unique decolonizing strategies that are read in the counter-formations of Latin American queer, travesti, and trans* identities articulated by literary and activist interventions into the constraints of el género—gender and genre. Currently, they are working on finalizing their first scholarly manuscript, Towards a Travesti Subjectivity and System of Aesthetics: Approaching Trans*lations in Argentinean Literature, History, and Culture, which examines travesti authorship and representation with a focus on 21st Century Argentinian fiction. They have also begun research for a second monograph on theorizing transmasculinities through the examination of Latin American life narratives that portray transmasculine identities, activism, and subjecthood within Argentina, Chile, and Mexico

Primary Instruction for GWS:
• Gender, Women, and Cultural Representation, Spring 2023
• Queer Bodies: (Dis)ability, Sexuality, and Gendered Embodiment, Fall 2022
• Transnational Queer and Trans* Literature in the Americas, Spring 2022
• Gender, Women, Bodies, and Health, Fall 2020, Summer 2021, Summer 2022
• LGBTQ+ Health and Healthcare in the Americas, Spring 2020, Fall 2021

Select Publications:
“Towards a Travesti Subjectivity and System of Aesthetics within Argentinean Literature: Trasheo Travesti, Irreverence, and Bold Visions for a New Humanity.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 51.1 May 2022