Senior Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Cultures, and Heritage

Jennifer Coates

Jennifer Coates is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Culture, and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, which is affiliated to the University of East Anglia.

She is the author of Making Icons: Repetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964 (Hong Kong University Press, 2016). She was awarded a PhD in Film and Media from SOAS, University of London in 2014. Jennifer has been a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (2012), a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University (2011), and Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University (2014-2018).

Her work has been published in Cultural Studies, Japanese Studies, Japan Forum, and The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. Jennifer’s research interests include Japanese and East Asian cinema, photography, gender studies, filmmaking, and ethnographic methods.

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Jennifer Coates is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Culture, and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, which is affiliated to the University of East Anglia.

She is the author of Making Icons: Repetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964 (Hong Kong University Press, 2016). She was awarded a PhD in Film and Media from SOAS, University of London in 2014. Jennifer has been a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (2012), a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University (2011), and Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University (2014-2018).

Her work has been published in Cultural Studies, Japanese Studies, Japan Forum, and The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. Jennifer’s research interests include Japanese and East Asian cinema, photography, gender studies, filmmaking, and ethnographic methods.

Current Research

Jennifer's current ethnographic research focuses on early post-war film audiences in the Kansai region of Western Japan. She has published from this project in Participations: International Journal of Audience Research (2017) and The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema (2018), and produced a research documentary film, When Cinema Was King (2017). She is working on a book-length study titled Feelings Without Words: Growing Up with the Cinema in Post-war Japan.

Selected Publications

Books
Coates, Jennifer. Making Icons: Repetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2016.

Refereed Journal Articles
Coates, Jennifer. “Victims and Bystanders: Women in the Japanese War-retro Film." Media, War & Conflict 6, no. 3 (2013): 233-248.
Coates, Jennifer. “The Shape-Shifting Diva: Yamaguchi Yoshiko and the National Body." Journal of Japanese and Korean cinema 6, no. 1 (2014): 23-38.
Coates, Jennifer. “How to be a Domestic Goddess: Female Film Stars and the Housewife Role in Postwar Japan.” US-Japan Women's Journal 50, no. 1 (2016): 29-53.
Coates, Jennifer. “The Fragmented Family on Film: Kinoshita Keisuke's Nihon no Higeki (The Tragedy of Japan)(1953) and the Antecedents of the Contemporary Fragmented Family in Japan.” Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific 40 (2017).
Coates, Jennifer. “Gambling with the Nation: Heroines of the Japanese Yakuza Film, 1955–1975.” Japanese Studies 37, no. 3 (2017): 353-369.
Coates, Jennifer. “Socializing the Audience: Going to the Cinema in Post-war Japan.” Participations: International Journal of Audience Research (2017).
Coates, Jennifer. “Mediating Memory: Shōjo and War Memory in Classical Narrative Japanese Cinema." Cultural Studies 32, no. 1 (2018): 105-125.
Coates, Jennifer. “Circular Thinking: The Yamanote Line on Film.” Japan Forum 30, no. 2 (2018): 224-239.
Book Chapters
Coates, Jennifer. 「時を超えて出会いは再び訪れる:李香蘭/山口淑子/シャーリー・ヤマ
グチ」 (Re-examining encounters across time: Ri Kōran/ Yamaguchi Yoshiko/ Shirley Yamaguchi) 他者との邂逅は何をもたらすのか: 「異文化接触」を再考する, edited by Wada Ikuko and Koishi Katsura. Kyoto: Showado.
Coates, Jennifer. “The Star Photographer: Historical Themes in the Star Persona of Araki Nobuyoshi.” In Japan: Photography and Photographers, edited by in Bettina Glockel and Stella Jungmann. Berlin: De Gruyter (2018).
Coates, Jennifer. “Contemporary Japanese viewership: revisiting the cinema theatre.” The Handbook of Asian Cinema, edited by Aaron Magnan-Park, Gina Marchetti and Tan See Kam. London: Palgrave MacMillan (2018).
Coates, Jennifer. “Female Stardom and National Identity In Postwar Japan.” Companion to Japanese Cinema, edited by David Desser. London: Blackwell (forthcoming).
Coates, Jennifer. “The Yakuza Film.” In The Japanese Cinema Book, edited by Alistair Phillips and Hideaki Fujiki. London: British Film Institute (forthcoming).