Emi Frerichs is a PhD. Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American Literature within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, currently writing her doctoral dissertation entitled, “Towards a Travesti* Subjectivity: Approaching Trans*lations in Latin American Literature, Film and Culture.” Originally from Iowa, she studied and received her BA in Spanish at the University of Iowa as a Matthew Shepard scholar in 2010, and subsequently received her MA in Spanish Language and Literature in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having been a longtime queer activist, Emi’s interests include queer, trans*, and travesti bodies in resistance to hegemonic, heteronormative systems as portrayed through characters, both real and imagined, in Latin American narrative, film and culture. Through careful historical, cultural, and linguistic examinations, her work looks to disrupt the problematic projection of Globally Northern to Globally Southern understanding that perpetuates the notion of Western queerness as the ultimate liberation saga. By delving deeper into various territories (Argentina, Chile, México, Cuba, Puerto Rico) with distinct iterations of queer/cuir/cuyr and trans*/travesti/transexual/transgénero existence, her work looks to continue contributing to a constant undoing of these problematic approaches, providing pertinent archival information that considers unique expressions of terminology that often times directly refuse translation.
Pronouns: Emi accepts all pronouns, but you may defer to she/her/hers
Course – GWS 533: LGBTQ+ Health and Healthcare in the Americas