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. “Performative Code and Figurative Language: Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon".” Science, Technology, and the Humanities in Recent American Fiction, edited by Peter Freese and Charles B. Harris, Verlag, 2004, pp. 279–316.

Hayles, N. K. “From Utopia to Mutopia: Recursive Complexity and the Nanospatiality of "The Diamond Age".” World Weavers: Globalization, Science Fiction, and the Cybernetic Revolution, edited by Wong Kin Yuen et al., Hong Kong University Press, 2004.

Hayles, N. K. “Computing the Human (Fuelle der Combination).” Literaturforschung Und Wissenschaftsgeschitchte, edited by Bernhard J. Dotzler and Sigrid Weigel, Fink, 2004.

Hayles, N. K. “Performative Code and Figurative Language: Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon.” The Holodeck in the Garden:  Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction, edited by P. Freese and C. B. Harris, Dalkey Archive Press, 2004, pp. 2–27.

James, R. “The Seductions of Cyberspace.” Everyday Theory, edited by B. McLaughlin and B. Coleman, Longman, 2004.

Hayles, N. K. “Computing the Human (in German) Fuelle der Combination.” Turbulente Körper, Soziale Maschinen: Feministische Studien Zur Technowissenschaftskultur, edited by J. Weber and C. Bathr, Oplanden, 2003, pp. 99–198.

Hayles, N. K. “Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers.” The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, edited by A. Jones, Routledge, 2003, pp. 497–506.

Hayles, N. K. “Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers.” Visual Culture Reader, edited by N. Mirzoeff, Routledge, 2003, pp. 152–60.

Hayles, N. K. “Timely Art: Hybridity in New Cinema and Electronic Poetry.” Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary After Film, edited by Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel, MIT Press, 2003, pp. 316–21.

Hayles, N. K. “Supersensual Chaos and Catherine Richards' "Excitable Tissues".” Catherine Richards: Excitable Tissues, edited by Sylvie Fortin, The Ottawa Art Gallery, 2003, pp. 9–24.


Hayles, N. Katherine. “Traumas of Code.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 33, no. 1, Sept. 2006, pp. 136–57. Manual, doi:10.1086/509749. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Unfinished Work: From Cyborg to Cognisphere.” Theory, Culture &Amp; Society, vol. 23, no. 8, Jan. 2006, pp. 159–66. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0263276406069229. Full Text

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Narrating Bits: Encounters between Humans and Intelligent Machines.” Comparative Critical Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, June 2005, pp. 165–90. Manual, doi:10.3366/ccs.2005.2.2.165. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Attacking the Borg of Corporate Knowledge Work: The Achivement of Alan Liu's "The Laws of Cool".” Criticism, vol. 47, no. 2, Mar. 2005, pp. 235–39.

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Commentary: The Search for the Human.” New Literary History, vol. 36, no. 2, Jan. 2005, pp. 327–33. Manual, doi:10.1353/nlh.2005.0032. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Visiting Wonderland (A Riposte to Diana Lobb's "The Emperor's New Clothes").” Electronic Book Review, Alt-X Literary Network, Dec. 2004.

Hayles, N. K., and N. Gessler. “The slipstream of mixed reality: Unstable ontologies and semiotic markers in The Thirteenth Floor, Dark City, and Mulholland Drive.” Pmla, vol. 119, no. PART 3, Dec. 2004, pp. 482–99. Scopus, doi:10.1632/003081204X20541. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Print Is Flat, Code Is Deep: The Importance of Media-Specific Analysis.” Poetics Today, vol. 25, no. 1, Mar. 2004, pp. 67–90. Manual, doi:10.1215/03335372-25-1-67. Full Text

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Refiguring the Posthuman.” Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 41, no. 3, Jan. 2004, pp. 311–16. Manual, doi:10.1353/cls.2004.0031. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Afterword: The Human in the Posthuman.” Cultural Critique, vol. 53, Dec. 2003, pp. 134–37.