Associate Professor Mike Hanne


After 23 years as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Head of Department in Italian at the University of Auckland, he founded (1995) the Programme in Comparative Literature and directed it till his retirement in 2010, supervising 12 PhD theses in Comparative Literature to successful completion. He has convened two major international conferences at the University of Auckland: "Narrative and Metaphor Across the Disciplines" (1996) and "The Poetics of Exile" (2003). Since his retirement, he has convened two further conferences: "Binocular Vision: Narrative and Metaphor in Medicine" at the University of California at Berkeley (2010) and "Warring with Words: Narrative and Metaphor in Politics" at Claremont Graduate University, California (2012). He is planning two more conferences on "Narrative and Metaphor in Law" and "Narrative and Metaphor in Education." 

Research | Current

For over 20 years, he has been focussing on narrative and metaphor as primary cognitive instruments by which human beings interpret the world around them. He has initiated a series of conferences, entitled "The Narrative-Metaphor Nexus" at which scholars from various disciplines investigate the role of both narrative and metaphor in the conceptual framing and everyday practice in their discipline. The first of these generated a special issue of the journal Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, 44: 3, 2011, entitled "Binocular Vision: Narrative and Metaphor in Medicine", which he edited and to which he contributed the intoductory essay. The second generated a book, Warring with Words: Narrative and Metapohor in Politics, Psychology Press, 2014, which he co-edited and to which, again, he contributed the introductory chapter.

Areas of expertise

Comparative literature, literature and politics, creativity in exile, narrative and metaphor across the disciplines

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hanne, M., Crano, W. D., & Mio, J. S. (Eds.) (2015). Warring with words: Narrative and metaphor in politics. New York, USA: Psychology Press. Pages: 308.
  • Hanne, M., & Hawken, S. J. (2007). Metaphors for illness in contemporary media.. Medical humanities. 10.1136/jmh.2006.000253
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Hawken
  • Hawken, S. J., & Hanne, M. D. (2006). Metaphors for diseases in contemporary media. Paper presented at 1st biennial conference of the Association of Medical Humanities: Taking Heart: A new quest for medical humanities, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia. 27 July - 30 July 2006.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Hawken
  • Hanne, M. D. (2006). Metaphors for the Translator. In S. Bassnett, P. Bush (Eds.) The Translator as Writer (pp. 207-223). London and New York: Continuum.
  • Hanne, M. (1996). The power of the story: Fiction and political change. Providence, Rhode Island, USA: Berghahn Books. Pages: 264.

Contact details

Primary location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 7, Room 737
New Zealand