N. Katherine Hayles

N. Katherine Hayles

James B. Duke Distinguished 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, N. K. Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Hayles, N. K. Foreword: Why #WomenTechLit? 2017, pp. ix–xii.

Hayles, N. K. Foreword: From causality to correlation. 2016, pp. x–xiii. Scopus, doi:10.1057/9781137520586. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. Foreword. 2015, pp. xxii–xxiv. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315781129. Full Text

Hayles, N. Katherine, and Jessica Pressman, editors. Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Hayles, N. K. How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Hayles, N. K. Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary. University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.

Hayles, N. K. My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts. University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Ine Hayles, N. K. Nanoculture: Implications of the new technoscience. 2004, pp. 1–257.


Hargrove, Amanda E. Preface. Vol. 623, 2019, pp. xv–xvii. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/S0076-6879(19)30266-6. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “The cognitive nonconscious and the new materialisms.” The New Politics of Materialism: History, Philosophy, Science, 2017, pp. 181–99. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315268477. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Influences of the digital.” Postmodern/Postwar and After: Rethinking American Literature, 2016, pp. 209–15.

Hayles, N. K. “Beyond Human Scale: Steve Tomasula's "The Book of Portraiture".” Steve Tomasula: The Art and Science of New Media Fiction, Bloomsbury, 2015.

Sieburth, S. M. N. Foreword. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-800070-0.06001-1. Full Text

Hayles, Katherine. “The Cognitive Nonconscious and the Larger Landscape.” Beyond the Humanities and the Digital, edited by Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg, MIT Press, 2014.

Hayles, N. K. “Unfinished work: From cyborg to cognisphere.” Architectural Theories of the Environment: Posthuman Territory, 2013, pp. 37–43.

Hayles, N. K., and Todd Gannon. “Virtual, Actual, Ineffable: Architecture and Media in the Age of Computation.” Ineffable: Architecture, Computation, and the Inexpressable, edited by Bradley Horn, Oscar Riera Ojeda, 2013, pp. 58–71.

Hayles, N. K. “How we think: Transforming power and digital technologies.” Understanding Digital Humanities, 2012, pp. 42–66. Scopus, doi:10.1057/9780230371934. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Media, Materiality, and the Human: A Conversation with N. Katherine Hayles.” Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility, and Networks, edited by Jeremy Packer and Stephen B. Crofts Wiley, Routledge, 2012, pp. 17–34.


Hayles, N. K. “Novel corona: Posthuman virus.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 47, no. S2, Jan. 2021, pp. S68–72. Scopus, doi:10.1086/711439. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Intermediation: The pursuit of a vision.” Methis, vol. 18, no. 23, Jan. 2019, pp. 180–207. Scopus, doi:10.7592/methis.v18i23.14806. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Human and machine cultures of reading: A cognitive-assemblage approach.” Pmla, vol. 133, no. 5, Oct. 2018, pp. 1225–42. Scopus, doi:10.1632/pmla.2018.133.5.1225. Full Text

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Maxing Out the Novel.” Novel, vol. 49, no. 3, Duke University Press, Nov. 2016, pp. 519–22. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00295132-3651278. Full Text

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Cognitive Assemblages: Technical Agency and Human Interactions.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 43, no. 1, University of Chicago Press, Sept. 2016, pp. 32–55. Crossref, doi:10.1086/688293. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “The cognitive nonconscious: Enlarging the mind of the humanities.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 42, no. 4, June 2016, pp. 783–808. Scopus, doi:10.1086/686950. Full Text

Hayles, N. Katherine. “The Affectual Distinctiveness of Big Books.” American Book Review, vol. 37, no. 2, Project Muse, 2016, pp. 15–15. Crossref, doi:10.1353/abr.2016.0022. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Brain imaging and the epistemology of vision: Daniel Suarez's daemon and freedom.” Mfs  Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 61, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 320–34. Scopus, doi:10.1353/mfs.2015.0025. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “The Black Hole of Quantum Theory.” Novel a Forum on Fiction, vol. 48, no. 1, Duke University Press, Jan. 2015, pp. 148–50. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00295132-2860501. Full Text

N. Katherine Hayles, Thomas F. “Greg Egan's Quarantine and Teranesia: Contributions to the Millennial Reassessment of Consciousness and the Cognitive Nonconscious.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 42, no. 1, SF-TH, Inc., 2015, pp. 56–56. Crossref, doi:10.5621/sciefictstud.42.1.0056. Full Text


Hayles, N. K. “Deeper into the Machine: Learning to Speak Digital.” State of the Arts: The Proceedings of the Electronic Literature Organization’S 2002 State of the Arts Symposium, edited by S. Rettberg, Electronic Literature Organizaton, 2002, pp. 13–38.

. M. Beyond Productivity: Information, Innovation, and Creativity. National Academies Press, 2003.

Hayles, N. Katherine. Electronic Literature Collection. Electronic Literature Organization, 2006.

Hayles, N. K. Commentary ('Progressive Dinner Party'). Riding the Meridian, 2000.

Hayles, N. K., et al. Speculation (Alternate Reality Game).

Hayles, N. K. “Is It Literature—or Art?Second Natures, UCLA Department of Design/Media Arts, 2006, pp. 23–30.

Hayles, N. K. Auto-Projection: Fuchs' Evolutionary Tale. Landmark Gallery, Dec. 1999.