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Dr Heather Hind

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Professional biography

I studied for my undergraduate degree in English at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, before going on to do my MA at the University of York and my PhD at the University of Exeter. I've previously taught on modules at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, Manchester and Lancaster.

Research interests

I'm currently working on turning my doctoral project into a monograph, Hairwork in Victorian Literature and Culture: Matter, Form, and Craft. This monograph will be the first book-length study of Victorian hairwork—the crafting of decorative objects from human hair—and its presence in British literature of the period, with chapters that focus on works by Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Wilkie Collins, and Margaret Oliphant.

My broader interests are in nineteenth-century literature, material culture, textiles and handicrafts, and object-led and embodied methodologies.

External collaborations

I'm a digital research assistant for a project on Comic Women's Poetry of the Ninteenth-Century, led by Dr Jasmine Jagger.

Comic Women's Poetry of the Nineteenth Century – A searchable online collection (


The Unrealised Potential of Robert Browning’s “Gold Hair” (2022)
Hind, Heather
European Journal of English Studies, 26(1) (pp. 145-161)

Giving the Gift of a Lock of Hair in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “I never gave a lock of hair away” and “The soul’s Rialto hath its merchandise” (2023-02-20)
Hind, Heather
In: Casanova, Elena; Hölzlhammer, Lilli and Moll, Helen eds. Gegenständliche Poetiken des Haares [Representational Poetics of Hair] (pp. 227-241)
ISBN : 9783110776461 | Publisher : De Gruyter