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Hitomi Maruyama

PhD Student, Japanese Studies


After completing a Bachelor's degree in English and European Literature at Essex, I worked as a translator (English / Japanese) for economists. I obtained a Master's degree in English from Cambridge, writing a dissertation on D. H. Lawrence's poetry. While working for my Master's, I first became interested in the literary representations of the body, especially the depictions of soldiers' bodies in the First World War poetry and grotesque bodies in Gothic tales.

Subject groups/Research projects

Japanese Studies:

Research Interests

My research focuses on the literary and cinematic representations of the human body in postwar Japan, exploring how the body was experienced and imagined and how this reflected important aspects of the cultural and social milieu of that era.