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Ms Koren Kuntz

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Biography

Koren received a BA (Hons) in English Studies and an MA with distinction in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, both from Durham University. Her MA dissertation, entitled “The Avian Spielraum: The Role and Function of Birds in Middle English Dream Visions and Debates” was written under the supervision of Professor Neil Cartlidge. She is currently writing a Ph.D on music and visual art in Middle English dream visions, supervised by Professors Corinne Saunders and Neil Cartlidge. This thesis considers dreams as a bridge between the human and the divine, or the sensible and the abstract. It explores the way in which multiform and intermedial narratives assist in the portrayal of transcendental truths in dream poetry, while highlighting the ability of art to explore realms considered to be beyond the ordinary domains of reason and philosophy. This topic incorporates a range of interdisciplinary material from the antique to medieval periods including cosmology, cognition, sense perception, dream theory, music theory, musical history (specifically the development of lyric, notation, and polyphony), ekphrasis, optics, and modern theories of intermediality.

In 2015 she was awarded a grant from the Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies to work as a research assistant at The Getty Research Institute under Dr David Brafman, Curator of Rare Books, on two exhibitions, The Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road and The Art of Alchemy. She has also worked as an assistant for Maddy Rosenberg, Executive Director and Curator of CENTRAL BOOKING in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, during the Talk Talk exhibition and Diana Wege’s solo show Nine Lives, at CENTRAL BOOKING’S Haber Space and Library, respectively. Previously she has worked as a graphic designer for Vellum art magazine based in Brooklyn.

In her spare time, Koren is an avid falconer, musician, and artist.

Recent Awards and Recognition

David Brafman, “Dusting off Dunhuang: A History of Travelers on the Central Asian “Silk Roads””, Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, Martha Agnew, Marcia Reed, Tevvy Ball, (eds.) (Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2016), pp. 87-109. [Acknowledgement]

Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Research Grant (2014)

Editorial Assistant for Professor Elizabeth Archibald, Troy and the European Imagination 900-1700 (forthcoming), Durham University Department of English Studies (2013-15)

While working as Treasurer for Durham University Medieval and Early Modern Student Association, applied for grants on behalf of the annual conference committee and received funding from The Royal Historical Society, Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University Institute of Advanced Study, and Durham University Centre for Academic and Research Development. (2013-14) 

Recent Conference Presentations

Converging Worlds, Durham University — “Through the Looking-glass: Towards Cultural Exchange in Medieval Dream Spaces”, 19 June 2016.

Colour and Vision in the Middle Ages: A Workshop in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies ‘Senses’ Series, Durham University — “Creation’s Transformative Colours: Forma and Exemplum in Alain de Lille, Bernardus Silvestris, and Jean de Meun”, 17 October 2015.

Biennial London Chaucer Conference at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London — “Ekphrasis, Cognition, and Multimodality in Chaucer’s Dream Poetry”, 11 July 2015.

St Chad’s College Research Forum — “Medieval Dream Visions and the Music of the Spheres”, 3 February 2015.

Durham University Medieval and Early Modern Student Association Annual Conference — “Ekphrasis, Cognition, and Multimodality in The Romance of the Rose”, 8 July 2014.

Durham University Medieval and Early Modern Student Association — “The Avian Spielraum: The Role and Function of Birds in Middle English Dream Visions and Debates”, 4 February 2013.

South Bailey Colleges Research Forum, Durham University — “The Avian Spielraum: The Role and Function of Birds in Middle English Dream Visions and Debates: A Brief Introduction”, Summer 2013.

Recent Publications

Kuntz, Koren, “Ekphrasis, Cognition and Multimodality in Le roman de la rose”, On the Fringes: Outsiders and Otherness in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, ed. Natalie Goodison and Alexander J. Wilson (Durham: Medieval and Early Modern Student Association, 2015), 15-44.

Kuntz, Koren, “Loss and Restoration in the Apollonius of Tyre Narrative Cycle from Antiquity to the Renaissance”, Foundation, 6/1 (2014), 41-52. 

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