Emi Frerichs

Position title: Lecturer

Email: frerichs@wisc.edu

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 their doctoral dissertation entitled, “Towards a Travesti Subjectivity: Approaching Trans*lations in Argentinean Literature, Film and Culture.” Emi is currently a lecturer for the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UW-Madison. Originally from Iowa, they studied and received their BA in Spanish at the University of Iowa as a Matthew Shepard scholar in 2010, and subsequently received their 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 particularly travesti bodies and personhood 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, their work looks to disrupt the problematic projection of Globally Northern to Globally Southern understanding that perpetuates the notion of Western queerness and trans*ness 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, their work looks to continue contributing to a constant undoing of these problematic approaches, providing pertinent archival information and unique terminologies that often directly refuse translation.