Professor Hilary Hinds


Research Interests

My principal area of research is in early modern radical religious writing, with a special emphasis both on early Quakerism and on writing by women from the radical sects of the second half of the seventeenth century. My main publications in this area are George Fox and Early Quaker Culture (Manchester University Press, 2011); God's Englishwomen: Seventeenth-Century Radical Sectarian Writing and Feminist Criticism (Manchester University Press, 1996); two scholarly editions of work by the prophet Anna Trapnel (Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea [Iter, 2016], and The Cry of a Stone [Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2000], both originally published in 1654); and the co-edited collection Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen (Routledge, 1989).

I am currently pursuing my interest in early modern sectarian writing in a project entitled 'Quakers in North-West England and the Politics of Space, 1652-1653'. I am working on this with Lancaster colleagues Alison Findlay, Clare Egan and Meg Twycross, examining the ways in which early Quakerism emerged from and was shaped by a series of distinctive spatial networks. A pilot version of the website setting out the work of this project can be seen at: A major bid for funding to complete this project will be submitted to the AHRC in early 2020.

My other main area of research interest grew out of an examination of twentieth-century women's middlebrow fictions of disappointment, whichled to a study of the origin and history of twin beds. This project investigates the mobilisation of twin beds within discourses of modernity, from their origins in late-nineteenth-century discussions of health and hygiene, to their signifying capacity within debates about marriage and sexuality in the twentieth century. I was awarded a year's research leave by the Wellcome Trust to undertake research for this project, which has now been published as A Cultural History of Twin Beds (Bloomsbury, 2019). An Open Access edition of the book is available here:

I would be interested in supervising research projects relating to any of the areas of research interest outlined above. I have supervised (or co-supervised) to completion PhDs on the following topics:

  • From the Feminine to the Maternal: Elusive Maternal Subjectivities and the Rejection of Motherhood in Contemporary American Fiction

  • The Sapphic Sleuth: Investigating Identity, Causality, and Craft in Hardboiled Lesbian Detective Fiction

  • Popular and High Culture in the early Stuart Court Masque

  • Gender and Sexuality in Literary Constructions of Englishness, 1918-1945.

  • Literary Self-Construction in the Diaries of Anne Lister

  • Contemporary Sexualities: Community and Identity; a Case Study

  • Robert Southwell and Late Elizabethan Rhetoric

    I have worked in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University since 2000. Before this, I worked at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education (now the University of Gloucestershire), and at Fircroft College of Adult Education, Birmingham. In 1999, I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, USA, and in 2006 at the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada.

A Cultural History of Twin Beds
Hinds, H.A. 8/08/2019 London : Bloomsbury Academic. 296 p. ISBN: 9781350045422.

Sarah Jones and the Appearance of the Quaker Light
Hinds, H.A. 26/04/2018 In: New Critical Studies on Quaker Women, 1650-1800. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 13-31. 19 p. ISBN: 9780198814221.

‘Let the more loving one be me’: The Paranoid and Reparative Dynamics of Editing Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea (1654)
Hinds, H.A. 1/01/2017 In: Journal of the Northern Renaissance. 8, 14 p.
Journal article

Anna Trapnel's Report and Plea; or, A Narrative of her Journey from London into Cornwall
Hinds, H.A. 2016 Toronto : Iter Press. 155 p. ISBN: 9780866985581.

Going nowhere: the stranger and pilgrim in the Journal of George Fox
Hinds, H. 12/2015 In: Quaker Studies. 20, 1, p. 84-102. 19 p.
Journal article

Unity and Universality in the Theology of George Fox
Hinds, H.A. 2015 In: Early Quakers and their Theological Thought 1647-1723. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 48-63. 16 p. ISBN: 9781107050525.

George Fox
Hinds, H. 2012 In: The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. Wiley-Blackwell 5 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

George Fox and Early Quaker Culture
Hinds, H. 2011 Manchester : Manchester University Press. 215 p. ISBN: 9780719081576.

Sectarian Writing
Hinds, H. 2010 In: A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell p. 464-477. 13 p. ISBN: 9781405187626.

Together and Apart: Domestic Hygiene and Modern Marriage, 1890-1945
Hinds, H. 2010 In: Journal of Design History. 23, 3, p. 275-304. 29 p.
Journal article

Domestic Disappointments: Feminine Middlebrow Fiction of the Interwar Years
Hinds, H. 07/2009 In: Home Cultures. 6, 2, p. 199-211. 12 p.
Journal article

Ordinary disappointments: femininity, domesticity and nation in British middlebrow fiction, 1920-1944
Hinds, H. 2009 In: MFS: Modern Fiction Studies. 55, 2, p. 293-320. 27 p.
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Prophecy and Religious Polemic
Hinds, H. 2009 In: The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women’s Writing. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 235-246. 11 p. ISBN: 0521712424, 0521885272 , 9780521712422 , 9780521885270 .

“And the Lord’s power was over all”: Calvinist anxiety, sacred confidence, and George Fox’s journal
Hinds, H. 2008 In: ELH: English Literary History. 75, 4, p. 841-870. 30 p.
Journal article

The Paratextual Profusion of Radical Sectarian Women's Writing of the 1640s.
Hinds, H.A. 1/08/2007 In: Prose Studies : History, Theory, Criticism. 29, 2, p. 153 - 177.
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Journal of George Fox: A Technology of Presence
Hinds, H., Findlay, A. 2007 In: Quaker Studies. 12, 1, p. 89-106. 18 p.
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An absent presence : Quaker narratives of journeys to America and Barbados, 1671-1681.
Hinds, H.A. 2005 In: Quaker Studies. 10, 1, p. 6-30. 25 p.
Journal article

Sectarian Spaces: The Politics of Place and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Prophetic Writing.
Hinds, H.A. 1/10/2004 In: Literature and History. 13, 2, p. 1-25. 25 p.
Journal article

The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama.
Barker, S., Hinds, H.A. 1/01/2003
Other contribution

Anna Trapnel's "Report and plea".
Hinds, H.A. 2002 In: The Blackwell companion to early-modern women's writing. Oxford : Blackwell p. 177-188. 12 p.

Soul-Ravishing and Sin-Subduing: Anna Trapnel and the Gendered Politics of Free Grace.
Hinds, H.A. 1/10/2001 In: Renaissance and Reformation. Special issue: 'Literature and Religion in Early Modern England: Case Studies'. 25, 4, p. 117-137. 21 p.
Journal article

Imaging Feminism, Imaging Femininity: The Bra-Burner, Diana, and the Woman Who Kills.
Hinds, H., Stacey, J. 2001 In: Feminist Media Studies. 1, 2, p. 153-177. 25 p.
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The Undeveloped Heart: Forster, Pym and the English South.
Hinds, H. 2000 In: Devolving identities : feminist readings in home and belonging. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 241-257. 17 p. ISBN: 0754600742.

The cry of a stone / by Anna Trapnel.
Hinds, H. 2000 Arizona : Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 123 p. ISBN: 0866982620.