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 19:2, on ‘Literature, Medicine, Health’ (2019), 110-121. 

  • Katherine Storm Hindley, "Text Over Time: The Power of the Written Word in England from the Anglo-Saxons to 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, “The Power of Not Reading: Amulet Rolls in Medieval England”, in Jörg Peltzer, Maree Shirota, and Stefan Holz, eds, The Roll in England and France in the Late Middle Ages, Material Text Cultures 28 (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 Carina Kühne-Wespi, Klaus Oschema, and Joachim Friedrich Quack, eds, Zerstörung von Geschriebenem. Historische und transkulturelle Perspektiven / Destruction of Writing. Historical and Transcultural Perspectives, Material Text Cultures 22 (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 Hindley, "History and Ownership,” in Winfried Rudolf and Timoty Leonardi, eds, An English Prayerbook of the Fifteenth Century in Vercelli: Studies in the Palaeography and History of Vercelli, Biblioteca Capitolare, MS CCXXV (Vercelli: Gallo, 2012), 89-101.

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  • 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