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,
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Old English Literature
Middle English Literature
Charms and Amulets
History of Magic
History of Medicine
HL2001 Medieval Literature
HL4015 Advanced Studies in Medieval Literature
HL1002 Survey of English Literature I
HL3036 The History of the Book