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Gitte Marianne Hansen | Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

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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 Marianne Hansen holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MA from the University of Copenhagen. She is a Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Japanese Studies at the School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University.

Gitte has an interest in character construction techniques and story repetition across genre, and in her research she looks at diverse fiction, 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.

She is currently leading the UK Arts and Humanities research Council (AHRC) funded project, Genderign Murakami Haruki: Characters, Transmedial Productions and Contemporary Japan. The project aims to examine Murakami's literary works in terms of the processes of translation, transmedial production and the gendering of his characters.  She is particularly interested in his female characters and their changing position and diverse representation. Part of this project is scheduled to be published with Palgrave Mcmillan as Women in the world of Murakami Haruki (forthcoming 2018).

In 2016 she published her first monograph with Routledge: Femininity, Self-harm and Eating Disorders in Japan - Navigating contradiction in narrative and visual culture



Selected publications: 
Hansen GM. Women in the World of Murakami Haruki. London: Palgrave Macmillan. In Preparation.
Hansen GM. 2016. Femininity, Self-harm and Eating Disorders in Japan: Navigating contradiction in narrative and visual culture. London, UK: Routledge.
ハンセン ギッテ. 村上春樹における女の語り. シンフォニカ 2016, vol. 2, Autumn, 4-25.
Hansen GM. 2015. Mere end nuttet: Femininitet, paradoks og dobbeltgængermotiv motiv i Japansk kultur. Kritik, 215, 29-39.
Yūko T, Hansen GM (trans.). 2012. Kid sister [Tsushima Jūko, Imōto, 1999]. New York: Words without Borders. Available at:
Gitte Marianne Hansen. 2011. A female serial killer’s literary roots: Murakami Haruki, 1Q84 and Aomame. AsiaPortal. Available at:
Gitte Marianne Hansen. 2011. Away from home when disaster strikes : Diary from a UK-based Japanese community after the Tohoku catastrophe. AsiaPortal. 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.