N. Katherine Hayles

James B. Duke Professor of Literature

External address: 
101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 684-9319

Digital Humanities; Electronic Literature; Literature, Science, and Technology; Science Fiction; Critical Theory


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester 1977
  • M.A., Michigan State University 1970
  • M.S., California Institute of Technology 1969
  • B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology 1966

Hayles, NK. "The Future of Literature: Complex Surfaces of Electronic Texts and Print Books." A Time for the Humanities: Futurity and the Limits of Autonomy. Ed. JJ Bono, T Dean, and E Plonowska Ziarek. Fordham University Press, 2008. 180-209. (Essay)

Hayles, NK, and Gannon, T. "Mood Swings: The Aesthetics of Ambient Emergence." The Mourning After: Attending the Wake of Postmodernism. Ed. N Brooks and J Toth. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2007. 99-142. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "(Un)masking the Agent: Stanislaw Lem's 'The Mask'." The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem. Ed. P Swirski. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007. 22-46. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Afterword." Crowds. Ed. JT Schnapp and M Tiews. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. 377-378. (Afterword)

Hayles, NK, and Brown, N. "Representation and Technology." Science, Technology, and Society: An Encyclopedia. Ed. S Restivo. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Hayles, NK. "Performative Code and Figurative Language: Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon." The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction. Ed. P Freese and CB Harris. New York: Dalkey Archive Press, 2004. 2-27. (Essay)

James, R. "The Seductions of Cyberspace." Everyday Theory. Ed. B McLaughlin and B Coleman. London: Longman, 2004. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Metaphoric Networks in "Lexia to Perplexia"." First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game. Ed. N Wardrip-Fruin and P Harrigan. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Bodies of Texts, Bodies of Subjects: Metaphoric Networks in New Media." Memory Bytes: History, Technology, and Digital Culture. Ed. L Rabinovitz and A Geil. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004. 257-282. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Performative Code and Figurative Language: Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon"." Science, Technology, and the Humanities in Recent American Fiction. Ed. P Freese and CB Harris. Essen, Germany: Verlag, 2004. 279-316. (Chapter)


Hayles, NK, and Pulizzi, JJ. "Narrating Consciousness." History of the Human Sciences 21.3 (2010): 131-148.

Hayles, NK. "After Shocks: Posthuman Ambivalence." Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 1.1-2 (2010): 262-271. Full Text

Hayles, K. "RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments." Theory, Culture and Society 26.2/3 (2009): 1-24.

Hayles, K. "Sleepwalking into the Surveillance Society." Surveillance and Society 6.3 (2009): 2-9.

Hayles, K. "RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments." Theory, Culture and Society: Explorations in Critical Social Science 26 (2009): 1-24.

Hayles, NK. "Intermediation: The Pursuit of a Vision." New Literary History 38.1 (January 2007): 99-125. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Unfinished Work: From Cyborg to Cognisphere." Theory, Culture & Society 23.7-8 (December 1, 2006): 159-166. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Traumas of Code." Critical Inquiry 33.1 (September 2006): 136-157. Full Text