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. "Searching for Common Ground." Reinventing Nature?: Responses to Postmodern Deconstruction. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1995. 45-60. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "The Life Cycle of Cyborgs: Writing the Posthuman." The Cyborg Handbook. Ed. CH Gray. New York & London: Routledge, 1995. 321-335. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Boundary Disputes: Homeostasis, Reflexivity, and the Foundations of Cybernetics." Virtual Realities and Their Discontents. Ed. R Markley. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Deciphering the Rules of Unruly Disciplines: A Modest Proposal for Literature and Science." Literature and Science. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1994. 25-48. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Narratives of Evolution and the Evolution of Narratives." Cooperation and Conflict in General Evolutionary Processes. Ed. JL Casti and A Karlqvist. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1994. 113-132. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "The Paradoxes of John Cage: Chaos, Time, and Irreversible Art." Permission Granted: Composed in America. Ed. M Perloff and C Junkerman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. 226-241. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "'Who Was Saved?': Families, Snitches, and Recuperation in Pynchon's Vineland." The Vineland Papers: Critical Takes on Pynchon's Novel. Ed. G Green, DJ Greiner, and L McCaffery. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1993. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "The Seductions of Cyberspace." Rethinking Technologies. Ed. V Conley. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. 173-190. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "The Life Cycle of Cyborgs: Writing and the Posthuman." A Question of Identity: Women, Science, and Literature. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1993. 152-172. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Constrained Constructivism: Locating Scientific Inquiry in the Theater of Representation." Realism and Representation,:Essays on the Problem of Realism in Relation to Science, Literature, and Culture. Ed. G Levine. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993. 27-43. (Essay)


Hayles, NK. "Situating Narrative in an Ecology of New Media." Modern Fiction Studies 43.3 (1997): 573-576. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Why Literature and Science?." American Book Review 18.5 (1997).

Hayles, NK. "Walking in Water (Review of Michael Joyce's "Of Two Minds: Hypertext Poetics and Pedagogy")." Scientific American 274.1 (January 1996): 104-105. (Review)

HAYLES, NK. "Making the Cut: The Interplay of Narrative and System, or What System Theory Can't See." Cultural Critique: An International Journal of Cultural Studies 30 (1995): 71-100. Full Text

Hayles, NK, and Luhmann, N. "Theory of a Different Order: A Conversation with Niklas Luhmann and Katherine Hayles." Cultural Critique 31 (1995): 7-37.

Hayles, NK. "Hypertext "Hamlet"." Humanities 16.5 (1995): 23-27.