N. Katherine Hayles

James B. Duke Professor of Literature

External Address: 
101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 684-9319

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, NK. "The Life Cycle of Cyborgs: Writing the Posthuman." In The Cyborg Handbook,edited by CH Gray, 321-335. New York & London: Routledge, 1995. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Boundary Disputes: Homeostasis, Reflexivity, and the Foundations of Cybernetics." In Virtual Realities and Their Discontents,edited by R Markley. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Narratives of Evolution and the Evolution of Narratives." In Cooperation and Conflict in General Evolutionary Processes,edited by JL Casti and A Karlqvist, 113-132. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1994. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "The Paradoxes of John Cage: Chaos, Time, and Irreversible Art." In Permission Granted: Composed in America,edited by M Perloff and C Junkerman, 226-241. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Deciphering the Rules of Unruly Disciplines: A Modest Proposal for Literature and Science." In Literature and Science, 25-48. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1994. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "The Seductions of Cyberspace." In Rethinking Technologies,edited by V Conley, 173-190. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "The Life Cycle of Cyborgs: Writing and the Posthuman." In A Question of Identity: Women, Science, and Literature, 152-172. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1993. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Constrained Constructivism: Locating Scientific Inquiry in the Theater of Representation." In Realism and Representation,:Essays on the Problem of Realism in Relation to Science, Literature, and Culture,edited by G Levine, 27-43. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "'Who Was Saved?': Families, Snitches, and Recuperation in Pynchon's Vineland." In The Vineland Papers: Critical Takes on Pynchon's Novel,edited by G Green, DJ Greiner, and L McCaffery. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1993. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Turbulence in Literature and Science: Questions of Influence." In Science and the American Imagination, 229-250. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1992. (Essay)


Hayles, NK. "Why Literature and Science?." American Book Review 18, no. 5 (1997).

Hayles, NK. "Walking in Water (Review of Michael Joyce's "Of Two Minds: Hypertext Poetics and Pedagogy")." Scientific American 274, no. 1 (January 1996): 104-105. (Review)

Hayles, NK. "Hypertext "Hamlet"." Humanities 16, no. 5 (1995): 23-27.

HAYLES, NK. "Boundary Work with a Vengeance." Arachne 2, no. 1 (1995): 3-15.

HAYLES, NK. "Engineering Cyborg Ideology (Review of Diane Greco's "Cyborg: Engineering the Body Electric")." American Book Review 17, no. 2 (1995): 3-. (Review)

HAYLES, NK. "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): 71-100. Full Text

Hayles, NK, and Luhmann, N. "Theory of a Different Order: A Conversation with Niklas Luhmann and Katherine Hayles." Cultural Critique 31 (1995): 7-37.

HAYLES, NK. "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 85, no. 4 (December 1994): 743-744. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Boundary Disputes: Homeostasis, Reflexivity, and the Foundations of Cybernetics." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology 3 (1994): 441-467.