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[Cover Image:  Japanese Wooden Plate for Printing.  Before moveable type, books were printed from plates such as this.  Ink was rolled onto the raised letters and then pressed into paper.  Artifact from the Gessler Collection.]

“Fearing the Wrong Boogeyman,” blog sponsored by Chung-Wai Literary Quarterly, Taiwan, in Chinese and English. Forthcoming 2021. Draft text here.

“Three Species Challenges,” in The Ethos of Digital Environments:  Technology, Literary Theory and Philosophy, edited by Susanna Lindberg and Hanna-Riikke Roine.  New York: Routledge, 2021.Pp. 27-46.  Draft version here.  Consult published version for final copy.

“Microbiomimesis: Bacteria, Our Cognitive Collaborators,” Critical Inquiry (Summer 2021),forthcoming.

“Textual and Real-Life Spaces:  Expanding Theoretical Frameworks,” Studia Neophilologica, (forthcoming 2021).  Draft version here. Consult published version for final copy.

“Unthought” in Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data, eds. Nanna Thylstrup, Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring, Catherine D’Ignazio and Kristin Veel.  Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2021.  Pp. 541-550. Draft text here.  Consult published version for final copy.

“Cognition,” in Information Keywords, eds. Michele Kennerly, Samual Frederick, and JonathanAbel. New York:  Columbia University Press, 2021.  Pp. 72-88.  Draft text here.  Consult published version for final copy.

“Inside Out, Outside In: Recursive Dynamics in Posthumanism and in Nam June Paik’sArtworks,” in Coevolution: Cybernetics to Posthuman, NJP Reader #7, edited Sooyoung Lee.  Seoul, South Korea: Uii Won Gi, 2018.  Pp. 399-413.

“Novel Corona: Posthuman Virus,” Critical Inquiry “Posts from the Pandemic,” April 17, 2020. Text here. Also available at

“Can Computers Create Meanings?  A Cyber/Bio/Semiotic Perspective,” Critical Inquiry 46.1 (2019): 32-55.

“Morphing Malabou,” review of Catherine Malabou, Morphing Intelligence: From IQ Measurements to Artificial Brains, Critical Inquiry reviews online (2019).   Text here. Also available at

Katherine Hayles and Tony D. Sampson, “Unthought Meets the Assemblage Brain,” Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry,” Text here.  Also available at 

“Writing//Posthuman: The Literary Text as Cognitive Assemblage,” Theoretical Studies inLiterature and Art (2018) [the premier Chinese journal on theory], 38.3: 6-21. Full text here.  Download text here: writing posthuman revised 5-30-18.

“Review of Dennis Tenen, Plain Text,” Critical Inquiry reviews online (2017).  Text here.  Also available at

“Literary Texts as Cognitive Assemblages: The Case of Electronic Literature,” Electronic Book Review (2018).  Text here.  Also available at

“Human and Machine Cultures of Reading: A Cognitive Assemblage Approach,” PMLA 133:5 (October 2018). Full text here.

“Cognitive Assemblages: Technical Agency and Human Interactions,” Critical Inquiry 43.1 (Autumn 2016): 32-55.

“The Cognitive Nonconscious: Enlarging the Mind of the Humanities,” Critical Inquiry 42.4 (Summer 2016): 783-807.

With Birgit Van Paymbroek, “Enwebbed Complexities: The Posthumanities, Digital Media, and New Feminist Materialism. An Interview with N. Katherine Hayles”, Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies 2.1-2 (2015): 21-29.

“Searching for Purpose” (Review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora and Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves,” Public Books (Sept. 15, 2015).  Text here.  Also available at

Katherine Hayles and Holger Pötzsche, “Posthumanism, Technogenesis and Digital Technologies: A Conversation with Katherine Hayles, Fibreculture 23 (2014).  Text here. Also available at

“Cognition Everywhere: The Rise of the Cognitive Nonconscious and the Costs of Consciousness,” New Literary History 45.2 (Spring 2014): 199-220.  Full text here.

Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and Patrik LeMieux, “Speculation: Financial Games and Derivative Worlding in a Transmedia Era,” Critical Inquiry (Spring 2014, Special Issue “Comics and Media)”: 220-236. 

“Speculative Aesthetics and Object Oriented Inquiry (OOI),” Speculations: A Journal of Speculative Realism 5 (May 2014). Text here.  Also available at

“How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine,” ADE Bulletin 150 (2011)<>.

How We Became Posthuman: Ten Years On” (interviewed by Arthur Piper), Paragraph 33.3 (September 2010): 318-323.

“After Shocks:  Posthuman Ambivalence,” Postmedieval:  A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies (April 2010): 262-271.

“RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments,” Theory, Culture and Society, 26.2/3 (2009): 1-24.  Reprinted in Throughout, edited by Ulrik Eckman (forthcoming MIT Press, 2011).  Reprinted in Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres.  Edited by Jörgen Schafer and  Peter Gendolla (Bielefed, Germany: Transcript Publishers, 2010).  Full text here.

“Wrestling with Transhumanism,” The Global Spiral (June 5, 2008).

“Hyper and Deep Attention:  The Generational Divide in Cognitive Modes,”=Profession 2007 (2007): 187-199.

“Refiguring the Posthuman,” Comparative Literature Studies 41.3 (2004): 311-316.

“Print is Flat, Code is Deep:  The Importance of Media-Specific Analysis,” Poetics Today 25.1 (Spring 2004): 67-90.

“Constrained Constructivism: Locating Scientific Inquiry inthe Theater of Representation,” New Orleans Review,18 (1991): 76-85.  Reprinted in Realism and Representation,: Essays on the Problem of Realism in Relation to Science, Literature, and CultureGeorge Levine (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press,1993), 27-43. Full text here.

“Foreword,” in Stanislaw Lem, The Invincible, translated by Bill Johnson.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 2020. Pp. ix-xiii.  Full text here.