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Gitte Marianne Hansen
Guest Researcher

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Research areas: 

Japan, Japanese culture, literature, manga, anime, film, contemporary Japanese society, Murakami Haruki, Miyazaki Hayao, gender, character construction theory.

Gitte’s research currently focuses on normative femininity and the construction of female characters in contemporary Japanese culture, including literature, manga, anime, film. She is particularly interested in connections between normative notions of femininity and women’s self-directed violent acts, such as eating disorders and self-harm. Her research project is a cross study between sociology and literature and deals with diverse cultural expressions, such as Murakami Haruki's, Kanehara Hitomi's, and Kirino Natsuo's literary works, as well as Miyazaki Hayao's animation and artwork by Aida Makoto, among others. 
Gitte Marianne Hansen holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MA from the University of Copenhagen. She is currently a Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Japanese Studies at the School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University.
Selected publications: 

Yūko T, Hansen GM (trans.). Kid sister [Tsushima Jūko, Imōto, 1999]. New York: Words without Borders, 2012. Available at:

Gitte Marianne Hansen. A female serial killer’s literary roots: Murakami Haruki, 1Q84 and Aomame. AsiaPortal, 2011. Available at:

Gitte Marianne Hansen. Away from home when disaster strikes : Diary from a UK-based Japanese community after the Tohoku catastrophe. AsiaPortal, 2011. Available at:

Gitte Marianne Hansen. 2011. Eating disorders and self-harm in Japanese cultural expression. Contemporary Japan Vol. 23 (1), 49-70.

Gitte Marianne Hansen. 2010. Murakami Haruki's Female Narratives – Ignored works show awareness of women's issues. Japan Studies Association Journal Vol. 8, 229-238.