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. Writing Machines. MIT Press, 2002.

Hayles, H. K., editor. Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science. University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Hayles, N. K. Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science. Cornell University Press, 1990.


Hayles, Katherine, and Nick Montfort. “Interactive Fiction.” Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature, edited by Joe Bray et al., Routledge, 2012.

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, Katherine. “Annotations.” The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, edited by Pamela Jackson et al., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

Hayles, Katherine. “Mapping Time, Charting Data: The Spatial Aesthetic of Mark Z. Danielewski’s "Only Revolutions".” Essays on Mark Z. Danielewski, edited by Allison Gibbons and Joe Bray, Manchester University Press, 2011, pp. 159–77.

Hayles, Katherine. “Complex Temporalities in Living and Technical Beings (Komplexe Zeitstrukturen lebender und technischer Wesen).” The Technical Condition: Existence and Knowledge in the Technical World (Die Technologische Bedingung: Beiträge Zue Beschreibung Der Technischen Welt), Suhrkamp, 2011, pp. 193–228.

Hayles, N. K. “Navigating the Cognisphere: Meditations on Visualization, Memory, Database, and Narrative.” Euphoria Dystopia, edited by Sara Cook and Sarah Diamond, Banff Centre Press, 2011, pp. 72–83.

Hayles, Katherine. “Cybernetics.” Critical Terms for Media Studies, edited by W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen, University of Chicago Press, 2010, pp. 145–56.

Hayles, N. K. “What Does It Mean to be Posthuman.” The New Media and Cybercultures Anthology, edited by P. K. Nayar, 2010, pp. 19–28.

Hayles, N. K. “RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments.” Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres, edited by J. Schaefer and P. Gendolla, Transcript Verlag, 2010, pp. 95–122.

Hayles, N. K. “Traumas of Code.” Digital and Other Virtualities: Renegotiating the Image, edited by A. Bryant and G. Pollock, I.B. Truis, 2010, pp. 23–41.


Hayles, Katherine. “Speculative Aesthetics and Object Oriented Inquiry (OOI).” Speculations: A Journal of Speculative Realism, vol. 5, 2014, pp. 158–79.

Hayles, Katherine, et al. “Speculation: Financial Games and Derivative Worlding in a Transmedia Era.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 40, no. 3, 2014, pp. 220–36.

Hayles, N. K. “Cognition Everywhere: The Rise of the Cognitive Nonconscious and the Costs of Consciousness.” New Literary History, vol. 45, no. 2, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014, pp. 199–220. Manual, doi:10.1353/nlh.2014.0011. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Stanisław Lem's "Summa Technologiae": Mirror text to "The Cyberiad".” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 40, no. 3, Nov. 2013, pp. 417–27. Manual, doi:10.5621/sciefictstud.40.3.0417. Full Text

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Combining Close and Distant Reading: Jonathan Safran Foer's Tree of Codes and the Aesthetic of Bookishness.” Pmla/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. 128, no. 1, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Jan. 2013, pp. 226–31. Crossref, doi:10.1632/pmla.2013.128.1.226. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Remixed Up (Review of Mark Amerika's "Remix the Book" and Alex Goody's "Technology, Literature and Culture").” Tls  the Times Literary Supplement, no. 5698, June 2012.

Hayles, Katherine. “Tech-TOC: Complex Temporalities in Living and Technical Beings.” Electronic Book Review, 2012.

Hayles, N. Katherine. “The Techno-Human Condition (review).” Technology and Culture, vol. 53, no. 4, Project Muse, 2012, pp. 920–21. Crossref, doi:10.1353/tech.2012.0136. Full Text

Hayles, Katherine. “Material Entanglements: Steven Hall’s "The Raw Shark Texts" as Slipstream Novel.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 38, no. 1, 2011, pp. 115–33.