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Lovable LosersThe Heike in Action and Memory$
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Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846756

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846756.001.0001

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Blurring the Lines

Blurring the Lines

Repositioning the Heike

(p.1) Chapter One Blurring the Lines
Lovable Losers

Mikael S. Adolphson

Anne Commons

University of Hawai'i Press

This essay, by the editors, draws from the various chapters to address the larger goals of the volume of contextualizing and deconstructing images of the Heike (or Ise Taira) from the time of their historical emergence in the twelfth century to the modern age. It identifies common distinctions made in discussions of the Heike (between warriors and aristocrats, and between the Heike’s actions and their later commemoration) and elucidates the aim of the volume in breaking down these binary categories to give a more holistic and accurate view of the Heike’s activities and the ways in which they have been remembered and reconstructed.

Keywords:   Taira no Kiyomori, Heike monogatari, Heian period, medieval period

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