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Lovable losers : the Heike in action and memory

Author: Anne Commons; Mikael S Adolphson
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lovable Losers is the first substantial piece of English-language scholarship to examine the actions and the memorization of the Heike (Ise Taira), a family of aristocratic warriors whose resounding defeat at the hands of the Seiwa Genji in 1185 resulted in their iconic status as tragic losers. The Tale of the Heike and the many other works derived from it set in place the depiction of the Heike as failed upstart  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lovable losers.
Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2015
(DLC) 2015005589
(OCoLC)904047278
Named Person: Taira family; Taira family.; Taira family.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Commons; Mikael S Adolphson
ISBN: 0824856902 9780824868246 0824868242 9780824856908
OCLC Number: 962131329
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Blurring the lines: repositioning the Taira / Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons --
Fukuhara: Kiyomori's lost capital / Mikael S. Adolphson --
Heike trade and the meaning of wealth / Charlotte von Verschuer --
Kiyomori, Itsukushima, and Fukuhara / Heather Blair --
The Heike poets / Anne Commons --
Heike nokyo as repertoire: contextualizing Kiyomori's devotional practice of copying sutras / Monika Dix --
Fact and fiction in the Heike monogatari / Takahashi Masaaki --
Survival and salvation in the Heike monogatari: reassessing the legacy of Kenreimon'in / Lori Meeks --
Horrified victors: spirit pacification of Taira losers / Naoko Gunji --
A miracle at Morihisa's execution: reading legends of the origin of Kiyomizudera / X. Jie Yang --
Envisioning the classics: the tale of the Heike in Edo-period comicbooks / Adam L. Kern --
Kiyomori and his family in postwar Japan: Mizoguchi's Shin Heike monogatari (The new tale of the Heike) / Hitomi Tonomura.
Responsibility: Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons, editors.

Abstract:

Lovable Losers is the first substantial piece of English-language scholarship to examine the actions and the memorization of the Heike (Ise Taira), a family of aristocratic warriors whose resounding defeat at the hands of the Seiwa Genji in 1185 resulted in their iconic status as tragic losers. The Tale of the Heike and the many other works derived from it set in place the depiction of the Heike as failed upstart aristocrats whose spectacular downfall was due to neglect of their warrior heritage and the villainy of the family head, Taira no Kiyomori. Lovable Losers aims to contextualize and deconstruct representations of the Heike not only to show how such representations were created in specific contexts in response to specific needs, but also to demonstrate that the representations themselves came to create and sustain a particular kind of culture. Drawing on the expertise of scholars in a variety of disciplines, this volume explores the Heike in their own time and their depiction as cultural figures in the centuries that followed. Their portrayal in literature and the arts spans more than eight hundred years and a wide range of genres and media, including nō plays, picture scrolls, early modern comic books, novels, and film. In texts from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries, the Heike serve as catalysts for miracles and vectors for subtle criticisms of the Tokugawa government. Over time Kiyomori became an emblem of postwar democracy and economic progress; today he is a powerful symbol of modern citizens' dissatisfaction with politics. The Heike's ambiguous moral standing allowed them to be reimagined, reconstructed, and repurposed by different authors in different contexts, as both heroes and villains. Rather than assuming their failure, Lovable Losers repositions the Heike within the larger phenomenon of the Genpei War and its aftermath, demonstrating how they took advantage of their station as nobles and warriors. The new research it presents seeks to transcend categorization and blur the lines between different approaches to the Heike to give a well-rounded depiction of a family who has played a defining role in Japanese culture in action, in memory, and somewhere in between.

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