N. Katherine Hayles

N. Katherine Hayles

Professor Emerita of English

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, NK. Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious. University of Chicago Press, April 5, 2017. (Edited Book)

Hayles, NK. Foreword. December 22, 2015. Full Text

Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era. Ed. NK Hayles and J Pressman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. (Collection)

Hayles, NK. How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. (Monograph)

Hayles, NK. Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. (Monograph)

Hayles, NK. My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. (Monograph)

Ine Hayles, NK. Nanoculture: Implications of the new technoscience. January 1, 2004.

Hayles, NK. Writing Machines. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002. (Monograph)


Hayles, NK. "The cognitive nonconscious and the new materialisms." The New Politics of Materialism: History, Philosophy, Science. January 1, 2017. 181-199. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Influences of the digital." Postmodern/Postwar and After: Rethinking American Literature. January 1, 2016. 209-215.

Hayles, NK. "Beyond Human Scale: Steve Tomasula's "The Book of Portraiture"." Steve Tomasula: The Art and Science of New Media Fiction. Bloomsbury, 2015. (Essay)

Sieburth, SMN. "Foreword." November 13, 2014. xvii-null. Full Text

Gubler, DJ, Ooi, EE, Vasudevan, S, and Farrar, J. "Preface." August 29, 2014. xv-xvi.

Hayles, K. "The Cognitive Nonconscious and the Larger Landscape." Beyond the Humanities and the Digital. Ed. P Svensson and DT Goldberg. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014. (Essay)

Hayles, NK, and Gannon, T. "Virtual, Actual, Ineffable: Architecture and Media in the Age of Computation." Ineffable: Architecture, Computation, and the Inexpressable. Ed. B Horn. Shenzhen, China: Oscar Riera Ojeda, 2013. 58-71. (Essay)

Hayles, NK. "How we think: Transforming power and digital technologies." Understanding Digital Humanities. February 7, 2012. 42-66. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Media, Materiality, and the Human: A Conversation with N. Katherine Hayles." Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility, and Networks. Ed. J Packer and SB Crofts Wiley. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. 17-34. (Essay)

Hayles, NK, and Gannon, T. "Virtual architecture, actual media." The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory. January 1, 2012. 484-500. Full Text


Hayles, NK. "Human and machine cultures of reading: A cognitive-assemblage approach." Pmla 133.5 (October 1, 2018): 1225-1242. (Review) Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Maxing Out the Novel." Novel 49.3 (November 2016): 519-522. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Cognitive Assemblages: Technical Agency and Human Interactions." Critical Inquiry 43.1 (September 2016): 32-55. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "The cognitive nonconscious: Enlarging the mind of the humanities." Critical Inquiry 42.4 (June 1, 2016): 783-808. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "The Affectual Distinctiveness of Big Books." American Book Review 37.2 (2016): 15-15. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Brain imaging and the epistemology of vision: Daniel Suarez's daemon and freedom." Mfs Modern Fiction Studies 61.2 (June 1, 2015): 320-334. Full Text

Hayles, NK. "Quirks of the Quantum: Postmodernism and Contemporary American Literature." NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION 48.1 (May 2015): 148-150. Full Text

Hayles, K. "Speculative Aesthetics and Object Oriented Inquiry (OOI)." Speculations: A Journal of Speculative Realism 5 (2014): 158-179.

Hayles, K, Jagoda, P, and LeMieux, P. "Speculation: Financial Games and Derivative Worlding in a Transmedia Era." Critical Inquiry 40.3 (2014): 220-236.


"Cybernetic Readings." Ed. Hayles, NK. Comparative Literature Studies 41.3 (2004). (Special Issue)

"Technocriticism and Hypernarrative." Ed. Hayles, NK. Modern Fiction Studies 43.3 (1997). (Special Issue)

Hayles, NK. "Deeper into the Machine: Learning to Speak Digital." Electronic Literature Organization’s 2002 State of the Arts Symposium. Los Angeles: Electronic Literature Organizaton, 2002.

., . Beyond Productivity: Information, Innovation, and Creativity. Washington, DC,: National Academies Press, 2003.

Hayles, NK. "Is It Literature—or Art?." Second Natures (2006): 23-30. (Scholarly Commentary)

Hayles, NK. "Auto-Projection: Fuchs' Evolutionary Tale." (December 1999). (Scholarly Commentary)