N. Katherine Hayles

N. Katherine Hayles

James B. Duke Professor Emerita of Literature

External address: 
101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 684-4127

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. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. (Monograph)

Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science. Ed. HK Hayles. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. (Collection)

Hayles, NK. Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990. (Monograph)


Hayles, NK. "Media, Materiality, and the Human: A Conversation with N. Katherine Hayles." Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility, and Networks. Ed. J Packer and SB Crofts Wiley. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. 17-34. (Essay)

Hayles, K. "Annotations." The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. Ed. P Jackson, J Lethem, and E David. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (Notes)

Hayles, K. "Mapping Time, Charting Data: The Spatial Aesthetic of Mark Z. Danielewski’s "Only Revolutions"." Essays on Mark Z. Danielewski. Ed. A Gibbons and J Bray. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011. 159-177. (Essay)

Hayles, K. "Complex Temporalities in Living and Technical Beings (Komplexe Zeitstrukturen lebender und technischer Wesen)." The Technical Condition: Existence and Knowledge in the Technical World (Die Technologische Bedingung: Beiträge zue Beschreibung der technischen Welt). Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2011. 193-228. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Navigating the Cognisphere: Meditations on Visualization, Memory, Database, and Narrative." Euphoria Dystopia. Ed. S Cook and S Diamond. Banff, AB: Banff Centre Press, 2011. 72-83. (Essay)

Hayles, K. "Cybernetics." Critical Terms for Media Studies. Ed. WJT Mitchell and MBN Hansen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 145-156. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "What Does It Mean to be Posthuman." The New Media and Cybercultures Anthology. Ed. PK Nayar. Chicester, West Sussex, UK, 2010. 19-28. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments." Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres. Ed. J Schaefer and P Gendolla. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 2010. 95-122. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Traumas of Code." Digital and Other Virtualities: Renegotiating the Image. Ed. A Bryant and G Pollock. London: I.B. Truis, 2010. 23-41. (Essay)

Hayles, K. "Distributed Cognition at/in Work: Strickland, Lawson Jaramillo, and Ryan’s "slippingglimpse"." Literary Art in Digital Performance. Ed. F Ricardo. London: Continuum Books, 2008. 38-47. (Essay)


Hayles, NK. "Review of Braden R. Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz's "The Techno-Human Condition"." Technology and Culture 53.4 (October 2012): 920-921. (Review)

Hayles, NK. "Remixed Up (Review of Mark Amerika's "Remix the Book" and Alex Goody's "Technology, Literature and Culture")." TLS - The Times Literary Supplement 5698 (June 15, 2012): 22-. (Review)

Hayles, K. "Tech-TOC: Complex Temporalities in Living and Technical Beings." Electronic Book Review (2012).

Hayles, NK. "Material entanglements: Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts as slipstream novel." Science Fiction Studies 38.PART 1 (March 1, 2011): 115-133. (Review)

Piper, A, and Hayles, NK. "'How We Became Posthuman': Ten Years On (An Interview with N. Katherine Hayles)." Paragraph: a journal of modern critical theory 33.3 (November 2010): 318-330. (Interview) Full Text Open Access Copy

Hayles, NK. "After shocks: Posthuman ambivalence." Postmedieval: a Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 1.1-2 (March 2010): 262-271. Full Text