N. Katherine Hayles,
Distinguished Professor

B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology, Chemistry, 1966; M.S., California Institute of Technology, Chemistry, 1969; M.A., Michigan State University, English, 1970; Ph.D., University of Rochester, English, 1977.

Interests: Literature and science in the 20th and 21st century; 20th and 21st century American fiction; electronic textuality, hypertext fiction and theory; science fiction; literary theory, media theory.

Selected Works: The Cosmic Web: Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in the Twentieth Century (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984); Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990). Translated into Spanish as La Evolucion del Caos: El Orden dentro del desorden en las ciencias contemporaneas (Barcelona: Gedisa, 1993); Editor, Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991); Technocriticism and Hypernarrative ( Modern Fiction Studies 43, no. 3, Fall 1997) guest-edited by Hayles, with introduction and article; How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999); Writing Machines (MIT Press, 2001); My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts (University of Chicago Press, 2005).

Additional Information: Her book, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics, won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-1999, and Writing Machines won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She is currently working on two projects, a primer of electronic literature (uinder contract to the University of Notre Dame Press) and a study of narrative and database (under contract to the University of Chicao Press). Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEH Fellowships, a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship at Bellagio, a fellowship at the National Humanities Center and two Presidential Research Fellowships from the University of California. She has received a Distinguished Scholar Award from the University of Rochester, the Medal of Honor from the University of Helsinki, and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. She was also awarded the Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award for 1999 and the Eby Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching in 1999.

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