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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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Envisioning the Classics

Envisioning the Classics

The Tale of the Heike in Edo-Period Comic Books

(p.206) Chapter Eleven Envisioning the Classics
Lovable Losers

Adam L. Kern

University of Hawai'i Press

This essay deals with representations of the Heike in the Tokugawa period (1600-1868), focusing particularly on images and descriptions of the Heike in comicbooks intended for a broad audience. The author shows that the “Heike world” was an essential element of popular culture in the mid-Tokugawa period, and generally involved sympathetic portrayals of the Heike while casting the Seiwa Genji as villains, a dynamic that can be understood as an implicit criticism of the Tokugawa regime. The author also argues that sound played as crucial a role as vision in Tokugawa narratives, demonstrating this through an analysis of the figure of the blinded Taira no Kagekiyo (?-1184).

Keywords:   Taira no Kagekiyo, Taira no Tadanori, Heike monogatari, kusazōshi, Tokugawa bakufu, blindness

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