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Hayles, N Katherine

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

(1943-    ) US academic and Postmodern literary critic, professor and director of graduate studies in literature at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. As a critic, Hayles is concerned to explore the links between science, literature and Technology. Her Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science (1990) contains much of genre interest. It was followed by How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (1999), an important study of the prospective Posthuman condition as it emerges from fictional and real-life Avatars and Virtual Realities; this book won an Eaton Award.

Hayles has received genre-related career honours for her work: the IAFA Award for distinguished scholarship in 1997 and the Pilgrim Award in 2013. [DRL]

see also: Feminism.

Nancy Katherine Hayles

born St Louis, Missouri: 16 December 1943

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