Seth Hunter Koproski


Seth Hunter Koproski is a fifth year doctoral candidate, currently writing his as-of-yet-untitled dissertation revolving around the question "Did medieval people believe in dragons?". His work examines concepts of belief, animality, wonder, and ethnicity across early medieval Britain and Ireland, working particularly on the Latin Physiologus and the Old English poetry of the Exeter Book. He is the recipient of the Michelle Sicca Grant for International Travel, the Truman S. Capote PhD Writer's Grant, and is a National Coalition Against Censorship Honoree. He holds an MA in English from New York University, where he wrote his thesis "The Boundaries of Belief: Geographic Alterity in the Navigatio sancti brendani" under Professor Haruko Momma, as well as a BA in English and a BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut. He puts his acting background to use teaching a first-year writing seminar at Cornell on 'Breaking the Play' and working yearly for the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He also teaches an introductory English course at the Auburn Correctional Facility with the Cornell Prison Education Program and regularly runs a guest lecture on 'Making Manuscripts in the Early Middle Ages'.

Research Focus

  • Old and Middle English
  • Irish Language and Literature
  • History of the English Language
  • Animal Studies
  • Medieval Travel Narratives