Faculty and Staff


Katherine Hindley (Assistant Professor)

Telephone: 6513 8199
Email: khindley[at]ntu.edu.sg

Mailing Address

Nanyang Technological University
School of Humanities
48 Nanyang Avenue, SHHK-03-59
Singapore 639818



Katherine Hindley is Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature in the Division of English. She received her PhD from Yale University in 2017. Her research interests lie at the intersection of medieval literature, manuscript studies, and the history of medicine.

Katherine's current project studies words at their most powerful, examining the medieval belief that spoken and written words, in the form of charms and textual amulets, could physically change the world. Through extensive manuscript research, the project demonstrates that charms were deeply rooted in medieval English culture and explores their influence on literary texts including The Book of Margery Kempe and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. This research has been supported by the Medieval Academy of America, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Josephine de Karman Fellowship, among others.

Katherine is also interested in the material transmission of texts. She has been involved with several projects studying the medieval manuscript roll and is a co-founder of the international workshop series 'Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll'. She serves as Acting Director of the London International Palaeography Summer School​.


journal articles

  • Katherine Storm Hindley, "Hippocrates the Fool: Faith and Healing in Lovelich's History of the Holy Grail," Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings 19, no. 2 (2019), 110-121. 

  • Katherine Storm Hindley, "Text Over Time: The Written Word in English Charms Before 1350, "Incantatio 7 (2018), 72-93.  

  • Katherine Hindley “Mandeville Rediscovered: Examining Beinecke MS Osborn a55, the ‘Lost’ Manuscript of Mandeville’s Travels,” The Journal of the Early Book Society 17 (2014), 182-97.

book chapters

  • ​​​Katherine Storm Hindley,"'Yf a woman travell wyth chylde gyrdes thys mesure abowte hyr wombe': Reconsidering the English Birth Girdle Tradition", in Jack Hartnell, ed., Continuous Page: Scrolls and Scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext (Courtauld Books Online, 2020).  

  • Katherine Storm Hindley, "The Power of Not Reading: Amulet Rolls in Medieval England," in The Roll in England and France in the Late Middle Ages, ed. Jörg Peltzer, Maree Shirota, and Stefan Holz (Berlin, Munich, and Boston: De Gruyter, 2019), 289-306. 

  • Katherine Storm Hindley, "Eating Words and Burning Them: The Power of Destruction in Medieval English Charm Texts," in Zerstörung von Geschriebenem. Historiche und transkulturelle Perspektiven / Destruction of Writing. Historical and Transcultural Perspectives, ed. Carina Kühne-Wespi, Klaus Oschema, and Joachim Friedrich Quack (Berlin, Munich, and Boston: De Gruyter, 2019), 359-72.

  • Katherine Storm Hindley, “Sight, Foresight, and Understanding: Visual Imagery in the Old English Boethius and Soliloquies”, in Annette Kern-Stähler and Beatrix Busse, eds, The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Language, Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 21-35.

  • Katherine Storm Hindley, "Sight, Foresight, and Understanding: Visual Imagery in the Old English Boethius and Soliloquies," in The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Language, ed. Annette Kern-Stähler and Beatrix Busse (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 21-35. 

  • Katherine Hindley, "History and Ownership,” in An English Prayerbook of the Fifteenth Century in Vercelli: Studies in the Palaeography and History of Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare, MS CCXXV, ed. Winfried Rudolf and Timoty Leonardi (Vercelli: Gallo, 2012), 89-101.



  • Old English Literature
  • Middle English Literature
  • Charms and Amulets
  • History of Magic
  • History of Medicine
  • Manuscript Studies

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • HL2001 Medieval Literature
  • HL4015 Advanced Studies in Medieval Literature 
  • HL1002 Survey of English Literature I
  • HL3036 The History of the Book