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. "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. "The Materiality of Informatics." In Integrative Studies 10, 121-144. 1992. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Space for Writing: Stanislaw Lem and the Dialectic 'That Guides My Pen." In Teksty Drugie 3,edited by J Jarzebski, 5-29. 1992. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "'A Metaphor of God Knew How Many Parts': The Engine that Drives "The Crying of Lot 49"." In "The Crying of Lot 49": A Collection of New Essays, 197-213. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Literature and Science." In Literature and Criticism: A New Century Guide,edited by M Kelsall, M Coyle, P Gardside, and J Peck, 1068-1081. London: Routledge, 1990. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Self-Reflexive Metaphors in Maxwell's Demon and Shannon's Choice: Finding the Passages." 209-238. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1990. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Information or Noise? Economy of Explanation in Barthes's "S/Z" and Shannon's Information Theory." In One Culture: Essays in Science and Literature,edited by G Levine, 119-142. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Metaphysics of Metafiction in "The Man in the High Castle"." In Philip K. Dick,edited by MH Greenberg and JD Olander, 53-72. New York: Taplinger, 1983. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Sexual Disguise in "As You Like It" and "Twelfth Night"." In Shakespeare Survey Volume 32: The Middle Comedies, 63-72. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "Androgyny, Ambivalence, and Assimilation in "The Left Hand of Darkness"." In Ursula K. Le Guin,edited by JD Olander, 97-115. New York: Taplinger, 1979. (Essay)


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. "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.

Hayles, NK. "The Embodiment of Meaning (Response to Herbert Simon)." Stanford Humanities Review 4 (1994): 62-64.

Hayles, NK. "Particles and Paste (Review of Kathryn Hume's "Calvino's Fictions: Cogito Cosmos")." London Times Higher Education Supplement (April 30, 1993): 21-.

Hayles, NK. "Chaotics: Culture and Chaos." Louisiana Revy 33, no. 2 (February 1993): 6-9.

Hayles, NK. "The Materiality of Informatics." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology 1 (1993): 147-170.

HAYLES, NK. "Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers." October 66 66 (1993): 66-92.

HAYLES, NK. "Trusting the Material (Review of Steve Heims' "The Cybernetics Group")." History of the Human Sciences 5, no. 2 (May 1992): 150-154. (Review) Full Text