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, K. “The Materiality of Informatics: Audiotape and Its Cultural Niche.” The Design Culture Reader, edited by Ben Highmore, Routledge, 2008, pp. 317–27.

Hayles, K. “Distributed Cognition at/in Work: Strickland, Lawson Jaramillo, and Ryan’s "slippingglimpse".” Literary Art in Digital Performance, edited by Francisco Ricardo, Continuum Books, 2008, pp. 38–47.

Hayles, N. K. “The Future of Literature: Complex Surfaces of Electronic Texts and Print Books.” A Time for the Humanities: Futurity and the Limits of Autonomy, edited by James J. Bono et al., Fordham University Press, 2008, pp. 180–209.

Hayles, N. K., and Todd Gannon. “Mood Swings: The Aesthetics of Ambient Emergence.” The Mourning After: Attending the Wake of Postmodernism, edited by Neil Brooks and Josh Toth, Rodopi Press, 2007, pp. 99–142.

Hayles, N. K. “(Un)masking the Agent: Stanislaw Lem's 'The Mask'.” The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem, edited by P. Swirski, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007, pp. 22–46.

Hayles, N. K. “Afterword.” Crowds, edited by Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Tiews, Stanford University Press, 2006, pp. 377–78.

Hayles, N. K. “Is utopia obsolete? Imploding boundaries in Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age.” World Weavers: Globalization, Science Fiction, and the Cybernetic Revolution, 2005, pp. 95–110.

Hayles, N. K., and Nathan Brown. “Representation and Technology.” Science, Technology, and Society: An Encyclopedia, edited by Sal Restivo, Oxford University Press, 2005.

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.


Piper, A., and N. K. Hayles. “'How We Became Posthuman': Ten Years On (An Interview with N. Katherine Hayles).” Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, vol. 33, no. 3, Edinburgh University Press, Nov. 2010, pp. 318–30. Manual, doi:10.3366/E0264833410000933. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hayles, Katherine. “How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine.” Ade Bulletin, vol. 150, 2010, pp. 62–79.

Hayles, N. K. “Electronic Literature: What Is It?Text@Media, 2010, pp. 18–37.

Hayles, N. Katherine, and James J. Pulizzi. “Narrating Consciousness.” History of the Human Sciences, vol. 21, no. 3, 2010, pp. 131–48.

Hayles, N. Katherine. “After Shocks: Posthuman Ambivalence.” Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, vol. 1, no. 1–2, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 262–71. Manual, doi:10.1057/pmed.2010.28. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Waking up to the surveillance society.” Surveillance and Society, vol. 6, no. 3, Jan. 2009, pp. 313–16. Scopus, doi:10.24908/ss.v6i3.3289. Full Text

Hayles, K. “RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments.” Theory, Culture and Society, vol. 26, no. 2/3, 2009, pp. 1–24.

Hayles, K. “Sleepwalking into the Surveillance Society.” Surveillance and Society, vol. 6, no. 3, 2009, pp. 2–9.

Hayles, K. “RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments.” Theory, Culture and Society: Explorations in Critical Social Science, vol. 26, SAGE Publications, 2009, pp. 1–24.

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Narrative and Database: Natural Symbionts (Response to Ed Folsom's "Database as Genre, The Epic Transformation of Archives").” Pmla, vol. 122, no. 5, Modern Language Association, Oct. 2007, pp. 1603–08.