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. "'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 Materiality of Informatics." Integrative Studies 10. 1992. 121-144. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Space for Writing: Stanislaw Lem and the Dialectic 'That Guides My Pen." Teksty Drugie 3. Ed. J Jarzebski. 1992. 5-29. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Turbulence in Literature and Science: Questions of Influence." Science and the American Imagination. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1992. 229-250. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "'A Metaphor of God Knew How Many Parts': The Engine that Drives "The Crying of Lot 49"." "The Crying of Lot 49": A Collection of New Essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. 197-213. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Literature and Science." Literature and Criticism: A New Century Guide. Ed. M Kelsall, M Coyle, P Gardside, and J Peck. London: Routledge, 1990. 1068-1081. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Self-Reflexive Metaphors in Maxwell's Demon and Shannon's Choice: Finding the Passages." Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1990. 209-238. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Information or Noise? Economy of Explanation in Barthes's "S/Z" and Shannon's Information Theory." One Culture: Essays in Science and Literature. Ed. G Levine. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988. 119-142. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Metaphysics of Metafiction in "The Man in the High Castle"." Philip K. Dick. Ed. MH Greenberg and JD Olander. New York: Taplinger, 1983. 53-72. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Androgyny, Ambivalence, and Assimilation in "The Left Hand of Darkness"." Ursula K. Le Guin. Ed. JD Olander. New York: Taplinger, 1979. 97-115. (Essay)


HAYLES, NK. "Review of Ronald Schleifer, Robert Con Davis, and Nancy Mergler's "Culture and Cognition: The Boundaries of Literary Scientific Inquiry"." Isis: An International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences 85.4 (December 1994): 743-744. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Boundary Disputes: Homeostasis, Reflexivity, and the Foundations of Cybernetics." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology 3 (1994): 441-467.

Hayles, NK. "The Embodiment of Meaning (Response to Herbert Simon)." Stanford Humanities Review 4 (1994): 62-64.

Hayles, NK. "Particles and Paste (Review of Kathryn Hume's "Calvino's Fictions: Cogito Cosmos")." London Times Higher Education Supplement (April 30, 1993): 21-.

Hayles, NK. "Chaotics: Culture and Chaos." Louisiana Revy 33.2 (February 1993): 6-9.

Hayles, NK. "The Materiality of Informatics." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology 1 (1993): 147-170.

HAYLES, NK. "Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers." October 66 66 (1993): 66-92.

HAYLES, NK. "Trusting the Material (Review of Steve Heims' "The Cybernetics Group")." History of the Human Sciences 5.2 (May 1992): 150-154. (Review) Full Text