Dorothy Finan

Dorothy Finan

email: dlfinan1@sheffield.ac.uk

Twitter @dotfinan

Thesis Title: Struggle as value: Exploring the thematic importance of 'seishun' in Japanese idol music.
Academic Supervisor: Dr Thomas McAuley, Dr Kate Taylor-Jones

Academic Background

BA Oriental Studies (Japanese), University of Oxford (2013 - 2017)

MA Contemporary Japan, University of Sheffield (2017 - 2018)

Research Project

Thesis Title: Struggle as value: Exploring the thematic importance of 'seishun' in Japanese idol music.
Academic Supervisor: Dr Thomas McAuley, Dr Kate Taylor-Jones

My research aims to explore the history and continued significance of the theme of "Seishun" (adolescence, youth) in the music of Japanese pop performers known as 'Idols'. I will argue that the idea of "Seishun" as a struggle with value reinforces ideas about what it mans to be 'Japanese'in contemporary Japan. I will achieve this through a multi-method approach, combining analysis of lyrics and conversations with producers and consumers.

Research activity

Conference presentations

  • The Bubble Economy in Japanese Popular Music - British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Conference 2018
  • Translation workshop participant- 'Murakami, Contemporary Japanese Writing and the English-reading Marketplace'. Newcastle University, 6th-7th March, 2018

Funding and Awards

  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Studentship (2017-2018)
  • Daiwa Scholarship in Japanese Studies (2018-)