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. "From Utopia to Mutopia: Recursive Complexity and the Nanospatiality of "The Diamond Age"." World Weavers: Globalization, Science Fiction, and the Cybernetic Revolution. Ed. WK Yuen, G Westfahl, and A Chant Kit Sze. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2004. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Computing the Human (Fuelle der Combination)." Literaturforschung und Wissenschaftsgeschitchte. Ed. BJ Dotzler and S Weigel. Munich, Germany: Fink, 2004. (Essay)

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. "Timely Art: Hybridity in New Cinema and Electronic Poetry." Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary After Film. Ed. J Shaw and P Weibel. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003. 316-321. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Supersensual Chaos and Catherine Richards' "Excitable Tissues"." Catherine Richards: Excitable Tissues. Ed. S Fortin. Ottawa: The Ottawa Art Gallery, 2003. 9-24. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Who Is In Control Here? Meditating on Eduardo Kac's Transgenic Art." The Eighth Day: The Transgenic Art of Eduardo Kac. Ed. S Britton and D Collins. Tempe, AZ: Institute of Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University, 2003. 79-86. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Computing the Human (in German) Fuelle der Combination." Cyber, Virtual, and Bio Literature, The New Korean Association of English Language and Literature. Pusan, South Korea, 2003. 1-25. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Computing the Human (in German) Fuelle der Combination." Turbulente Körper, soziale Maschinen: Feministische Studien zur Technowissenschaftskultur. Ed. J Weber and C Bathr. Leske: Oplanden, 2003. 99-198. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers." The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader. Ed. A Jones. London: Routledge, 2003. 497-506. (Essay)


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

Hayles, NK. "Narrating Bits: Encounters between Humans and Intelligent Machines." Comparative Critical Studies 2.2 (June 2005): 165-190. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Commentary: The Search for the Human." New Literary History 36.2 (January 2005): 327-333. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Visiting Wonderland (A Riposte to Diana Lobb's "The Emperor's New Clothes")." Electronic Book Review (December 5, 2004).

Hayles, NK. "Print Is Flat, Code Is Deep: The Importance of Media-Specific Analysis." Poetics Today 25.1 (March 1, 2004): 67-90. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Refiguring the Posthuman." Comparative Literature Studies 41.3 (January 2004): 311-316. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Afterword: The Human in the Posthuman." Cultural Critique 53 (December 2003): 134-137.