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. “Constrained Constructivism: Locating Scientific Inquiry in the Theater of Representation.” Realism and Representation,:Essays on the Problem of Realism in Relation to Science, Literature, and Culture, edited by G. Levine, University of Wisconsin Press, 1993, pp. 27–43.

Hayles, N. K. “'Who Was Saved?': Families, Snitches, and Recuperation in Pynchon's Vineland.” The Vineland Papers: Critical Takes on Pynchon’s Novel, edited by G. Green et al., Dalkey Archive Press, 1993.

Hayles, N. K. “Turbulence in Literature and Science: Questions of Influence.” Science and the American Imagination, University of Kentucky Press, 1992, pp. 229–50.

Hayles, N. K. “The Materiality of Informatics.” Integrative Studies 10, 1992, pp. 121–44.

Hayles, N. K. “Space for Writing: Stanislaw Lem and the Dialectic 'That Guides My Pen.” Teksty Drugie  3, edited by J. Jarzebski, 1992, pp. 5–29.

Hayles, N. K. “'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 University Press, 1991, pp. 197–213.

Hayles, N. K. “Literature and Science.” Literature and Criticism: A New Century Guide, edited by Malcolm Kelsall et al., Routledge, 1990, pp. 1068–81.

Hayles, N. K. Self-Reflexive Metaphors in Maxwell's Demon and Shannon's Choice: Finding the Passages. Northeastern University Press, 1990, pp. 209–38.

Hayles, N. K. “Information or Noise? Economy of Explanation in Barthes's "S/Z" and Shannon's Information Theory.” One Culture: Essays in Science and Literature, edited by George Levine, University of Wisconsin Press, 1988, pp. 119–42.

Hayles, N. K. “Metaphysics of Metafiction in "The Man in the High Castle".” Philip K. Dick, edited by Martin Harry Greenberg and Joseph D. Olander, Taplinger, 1983, pp. 53–72.


HAYLES, N. K. “Boundary Work with a Vengeance.” Arachne, vol. 2, no. 1, 1995, pp. 3–15.

HAYLES, N. K. “Engineering Cyborg Ideology (Review of Diane Greco's "Cyborg: Engineering the Body Electric").” American Book Review, vol. 17, no. 2, 1995.

HAYLES, N. K. “Making the Cut: The Interplay of Narrative and System, or What System Theory Can't See.” Cultural Critique: An International Journal of Cultural Studies, no. 30, 1995, pp. 71–100. Manual, doi:10.2307/1354433. Full Text

HAYLES, N. K. “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, vol. 85, no. 4, Dec. 1994, pp. 743–44. Manual, doi:10.1086/357064. Full Text

Hayles, N. K. “Boundary Disputes: Homeostasis, Reflexivity, and the Foundations of Cybernetics.” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology, vol. 3, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994, pp. 441–67.

Hayles, N. K. “The Embodiment of Meaning (Response to Herbert Simon).” Stanford Humanities Review, vol. 4, 1994, pp. 62–64.

Hayles, N. K. “Particles and Paste (Review of Kathryn Hume's "Calvino's Fictions: Cogito Cosmos").” London Times Higher Education Supplement, Apr. 1993, p. 21.

Hayles, N. K. “Chaotics: Culture and Chaos.” Louisiana Revy, vol. 33, no. 2, Feb. 1993, pp. 6–9.

Hayles, N. K. “The Materiality of Informatics.” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology, vol. 1, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993, pp. 147–70.