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Michael Dunn is a research associate at CAPAS where he works in publications management. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Brighton University (United Kingdom) where he won the Routledge English Language Prize 2015 for the Best Bachelor Thesis, and taking part in the Erasmus exchange programme in 2013/2014 at Heidelberg University (Germany) he decided to return to Heidelberg for his Master’s degree in English Studies specialising in Linguistics and Literature. While undertaking his Master’s degree he started working as a freelance translator, editor, and proofreader for various companies and clients, both in and outside of the academic sphere, and has done ever since. In 2020 he worked at the Institute of Sinology at Heidelberg University where he was in charge of editing and proofreading all articles included in the E-book: Müller, G. & Samoylov, N. (2020) Chinese Perceptions of Russia and the West. Berlin: CrossAsia-eBooks. Prior to that he was also a student assistant at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context".
His research interests focus on the transdisciplinary combination of cognitive linguistics/poetics and literary criticism and theory. Linguistic areas of study such as the taboo and euphemism, politeness theory, conceptual metaphor theory, and cognitive literary studies have informed a lot of his research and writing while the source material tends to be grounded firmly in the realm of literary fiction, poetry, and folk song focusing on the uncanny, othering, romanticism, the sublime, gothic literature, and graveyard poetry. His Bachelor thesis dealt with metaphors for death in contemporary folk songs from the 1960s until present day, while his master’s thesis was an attempt to reveal discernible features in the literary language we use to talk about death across literary and poetical periods, thus acting as a comparative study in cognitive poetics.