Shaun Myers is Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty in both the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She teaches and writes in the areas of African diasporic literature and culture, specializing in aesthetic theory, transit and transnationalism, and black feminist literary histories.
Her current book project, Black Anaesthetics: African American Literature Beyond Man, traces posthumanism’s disavowed genealogies in black literature of the post–civil rights era. The book argues that writers such as Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Andrea Lee have used techniques of illegible blackness to trouble humanism’s racialized fictions of Man. Offering an aesthetic theory and a cultural history, the book opens up space to think the human anew.
Myers is also working on a second project examining the aesthetics of black transit after racial integration. Her work has appeared in American Literary History, Souls, and African and Black Diaspora. Her study of contemporary black women’s writing and travel as formations of black feminist internationalism will appear in African American Literature in Transition: 1980-1990. She was a postdoctoral fellow of African American and Diasporic Literature in the English Department at Rutgers University. More recently, she held a Faculty Fellowship at the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University.