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Centre for Media Studies

Jennifer Coates

M.A. Hons. (Undergrad.) Art History and English Literature, University of Glasgow M.A. History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London


Jennifer Coates
Jennifer Coates
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Thesis title:
"National Crisis and the Female Image: Expressions of Trauma in Japanese Film 1945-1964".
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My interest in Japanese history of art began while studying at the University of Glasgow, triggered by the city's long history of home-grown artists influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e and architecture.  After taking a Masters degree in Japanese history of art at SOAS, I spent 2 years in Japan as a Monbukagakusho scholar at Tokyo's University of Foreign Studies.  During my time in Tokyo, I developed a research interest in Japanese film, and the reoccurance of certain tropes in the representation of the female body in both ukiyo-e and film, most notably at points of crisis in Japan.

PhD Research

An exploration of the presentation of the female body in vernacular visual media at times of crises in the history of modern Japan, which aims to uncover a dialogue of identity anxieties coded in the representation of the female body.