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The texts used for this translation are those of Utsumi, Heike Monogatari Hyoshaku, and Umezawa, Heike Monogatari Hyoshaku. I wish to express my gratitude. An epic account of the struggle between the Taira and Minamoto clans for control of Japan at the end of the 12th century in the Genpei War. PDF | One positive movement in scholarship is a focus on the The Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatari) is one of Japan's largest.


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PDF | The Heike Monogatari (The Tale of the Heike) is a formative legend in Japanese history, which as a literary classic has had an enormous impact in. text I am using is the Heike Monogatari which appears in Volumes. 32 (six books) and 33 (six books) of Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei. (Complete Japanese. The Tale of the Heike (平家物語, Heike Monogatari) is an epic account compiled prior to .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.

Strange ghosts appear to Kiyomori a face, laughter, skulls, ominous dreams. News of unrest in the eastern provinces controlled by the Minamoto reaches the new capital. A story about the monk Mongaku is inserted as a background to Minamoto no Yoritomo's revolt. Mongaku is an ascetic with strange powers who requested donations at the court in Kiyomori sends a military expedition to put down the rebellion of Yoritomo.

When they reach the Fuji River , the Taira forces hear stories about the might of eastern warriors and fear that Minamoto forces outnumber them. At night, a flock of birds rises with great noise and the Taira forces, thinking that they are attacked, retreat in panic.

Kiyomori, under pressure from temples and courtiers, moves the capital back to Kyoto. Retired Emperors and courtiers lament the destruction of Nara. This evil deed is believed to lead to Kiyomori's downfall. Chapter 6[ edit ] In , Retired Emperor Takakura, dies troubled by the events of the last several years.

Kiso no Yoshinaka cousin of Minamoto no Yoritomo in the northwestern provinces plans a rebellion against the Taira and raises an army. The Taira have trouble dealing with all the rebellions. To make things worse for the Taira, their leader, Taira no Kiyomori , falls ill. His body is hot as fire and no water can cool him. Water sprayed on his body turns to flames and black smoke that fills the room.

Before dying in agony, Kiyomori makes a wish to have the head of Minamoto no Yoritomo hung before his grave. His death in , age 64 highlights the themes of impermanence and fall of the mighty. Kiyomori's evil deeds will become his torturers in Hell. His fame and power turned to smoke and dust. In the east, Taira forces are successful in some battles, but are not able to defeat the Minamoto forces. Divine forces punish and kill the governor appointed by Kiyomori to put down Kiso no Yoshinaka's rebellion.

Kiso no Yoshinaka wins a major battle at Yokotagawara Taira no Munemori, the leader of the Taira clan, is conferred a high rank in the court administration. Chapter 7[ edit ] In , the Taira gather a large army mainly from western provinces and send it against Minamoto no Yoshinaka and Minamoto no Yoritomo.

Going north, Taira armies pillage local villages. Taira no Tsunemasa visits an island to pray and compose a poem. At the Siege of Hiuchi , the Taira get help from a loyal abbot and defeat Yoshinaka's garrisons. Yoshinaka writes a petition at the Hachiman Shrine to get divine help for the upcoming battle. Yoshinaka attacks the Taira armies at night from the front and rear and forces them to retreat and descend to the Kurikara Valley , where most of the 70, Taira riders are crushed piling up in many layers a famous "descent into Kurikara" — a major victory of Yoshinaka.

At Shio-no-yama, Yoshinaka helps his uncle Yoshiie to defeat the Taira forces Kiyomori's son Tomonori is killed in the battle. Taira armies are also defeated in the Battle of Shinohara. Yoshinaka wins Mount Hiei monks over to his side. Taira no Munemori , head of the Taira, flees to the western provinces with Emperor Antoku and the Imperial Regalia Retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa manages to escape in a different direction. Taira no Tadanori Kiyomori's brother flees the capital leaving some of his poems to a famous poet Fujiwara no Shunzei.

Tsunemasa returns a famous lute to the Ninna-ji. He installs a new emperor, Emperor Go-Toba , and puts the Taira out of government positions they are designated as rebels.

They arrive to Yashima in Shikoku where they have to live in humble huts instead of palaces. Yoritomo receives the messenger from the capital with great courtesy, invites him to a feast and gives him many gifts.

Yoritomo's manners sharply contrast with Minamoto no Yoshinaka's arrogant behaviour in the capital. Yoshinaka's rudeness and lack of knowledge about etiquette are shown to be ridiculous in several episodes makes fun of courtiers, wears tasteless hunting robes, does not know how to get out of a carriage. Meanwhile, the Taira regain their strength and assemble a strong army.

Yoshinaka sends forces against them, but this time the Taira are victorious in the battle of Mizushima.

Their influence grows even more after the victory at the Battle of Muroyama. Minamoto no Yoritomo sends Minamoto no Yoshitsune to put an end to Yoshinaka's excesses. Chapter 9[ edit ] When Minamoto no Yoshinaka prepares to march west against the Taira early , armies led by Minamoto no Yoshitsune arrive to strike him from the east.

The struggle between the Minamoto forces follows. Yoshinaka tries to defend the capital, but Yoshitsune's warriors succeed in crossing the Uji River and defeating Yoshinaka's forces at Uji and Seta. Yoshitsune takes control of the capital and guards the mansion of the Retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa, not letting Yoshinaka's men capture him. Yoshinaka barely breaks through the enemy forces. He meets with his foster-brother Imai Kanehira and they try to escape from pursuing enemy forces.

In a famous scene, Yoshinaka is killed when his horse is stuck in the muddy field.

Kanehira fights his last battle and commits suicide. While the Minamoto fight among themselves in the capital, the Taira move back to Fukuhara and set up defences at the Ichi-no-tani stronghold near what is now Suma-ku, Kobe. Minamoto no Yoshitsune's armies move west to attack the Taira from the rear whereas his half-brother Noriyori advances to attack the Taira camp from the east.

Yoshitsune, planning a surprise attack on Ichi-no-tani from the west, follows an old horse that guides his forces through the mountains.

Kiyomori's evil deeds will become his torturers in Hell. His fame and power turned to smoke and dust. In the east, Taira forces are successful in some battles, but are not able to defeat the Minamoto forces. Divine forces punish and kill the governor appointed by Kiyomori to put down Kiso no Yoshinaka's rebellion. Kiso no Yoshinaka wins a major battle at Yokotagawara Taira no Munemori, the leader of the Taira clan, is conferred a high rank in the court administration.

Chapter 7[ edit ] In , the Taira gather a large army mainly from western provinces and send it against Minamoto no Yoshinaka and Minamoto no Yoritomo. Going north, Taira armies pillage local villages.

Taira no Tsunemasa visits an island to pray and compose a poem. At the Siege of Hiuchi , the Taira get help from a loyal abbot and defeat Yoshinaka's garrisons.

Yoshinaka writes a petition at the Hachiman Shrine to get divine help for the upcoming battle. Yoshinaka attacks the Taira armies at night from the front and rear and forces them to retreat and descend to the Kurikara Valley , where most of the 70, Taira riders are crushed piling up in many layers a famous "descent into Kurikara" — a major victory of Yoshinaka.

At Shio-no-yama, Yoshinaka helps his uncle Yoshiie to defeat the Taira forces Kiyomori's son Tomonori is killed in the battle. Taira armies are also defeated in the Battle of Shinohara. Yoshinaka wins Mount Hiei monks over to his side. Taira no Munemori , head of the Taira, flees to the western provinces with Emperor Antoku and the Imperial Regalia Retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa manages to escape in a different direction.

Taira no Tadanori Kiyomori's brother flees the capital leaving some of his poems to a famous poet Fujiwara no Shunzei. Tsunemasa returns a famous lute to the Ninna-ji. He installs a new emperor, Emperor Go-Toba , and puts the Taira out of government positions they are designated as rebels.

They arrive to Yashima in Shikoku where they have to live in humble huts instead of palaces. Yoritomo receives the messenger from the capital with great courtesy, invites him to a feast and gives him many gifts. Yoritomo's manners sharply contrast with Minamoto no Yoshinaka's arrogant behaviour in the capital. Yoshinaka's rudeness and lack of knowledge about etiquette are shown to be ridiculous in several episodes makes fun of courtiers, wears tasteless hunting robes, does not know how to get out of a carriage.

Meanwhile, the Taira regain their strength and assemble a strong army. Yoshinaka sends forces against them, but this time the Taira are victorious in the battle of Mizushima. Their influence grows even more after the victory at the Battle of Muroyama. Minamoto no Yoritomo sends Minamoto no Yoshitsune to put an end to Yoshinaka's excesses. Chapter 9[ edit ] When Minamoto no Yoshinaka prepares to march west against the Taira early , armies led by Minamoto no Yoshitsune arrive to strike him from the east.

The struggle between the Minamoto forces follows. Yoshinaka tries to defend the capital, but Yoshitsune's warriors succeed in crossing the Uji River and defeating Yoshinaka's forces at Uji and Seta. Yoshitsune takes control of the capital and guards the mansion of the Retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa, not letting Yoshinaka's men capture him.

Yoshinaka barely breaks through the enemy forces. He meets with his foster-brother Imai Kanehira and they try to escape from pursuing enemy forces. In a famous scene, Yoshinaka is killed when his horse is stuck in the muddy field. Kanehira fights his last battle and commits suicide. While the Minamoto fight among themselves in the capital, the Taira move back to Fukuhara and set up defences at the Ichi-no-tani stronghold near what is now Suma-ku, Kobe.

Minamoto no Yoshitsune's armies move west to attack the Taira from the rear whereas his half-brother Noriyori advances to attack the Taira camp from the east. Yoshitsune, planning a surprise attack on Ichi-no-tani from the west, follows an old horse that guides his forces through the mountains.

Meanwhile, fierce fighting starts at Ikuta-no-mori and Ichi-no-tani, but neither side is able to gain a decisive advantage. Yoshitsune's cavalry descends a steep slope at Hiyodori Pass decisively attacking the Taira from the rear. The Taira panic and flee to the boats. As the battle continues, Taira no Tadanori Kiyomori's brother who visited the poet Shunzei is killed.

Taira no Shigehira Kiyomori's son who burned Nara , deserted by his men at Ikuta-no-mori, is captured alive trying to commit suicide. In a famous passage, Taira no Atsumori young nephew of Kiyomori is challenged to a fight by a warrior, Kumagai Naozane.

Naozane overpowers him, but then hesitates to kill him since he reminds him of his own young son. Seeing the approaching riders who are going to kill the youth, Naozane kills Atsumori, and finds his flute later he becomes a Buddhist monk. The Taira are defeated and flee by boats in different directions.

Chapter 10[ edit ] In , Taira no Shigehira captured alive and the heads of the defeated Taira are paraded in the streets of the capital.

It is clear that he will be executed. Shigehira, concerned about his past arrogance and evil deeds burning of Nara temples , wants to devote himself to Buddhism. Shigehira is sent to Kamakura. On his journey along the Eastern Sea Road , Shigehira passes numerous places that evoke historical and literary associations.

Minamoto no Yoritomo receives Shigehira, who claims that burning Nara temples was an accident. Before being sent to the Nara monks, Shigehira is treated well at Izu a bath is prepared for him, wine is served, a beautiful lady serving Yoritomo, Senju-no-mae, sings several songs with Buddhist meaning and plays the lute; Shigehira also sings and plays the lute — after Shigehira's execution, Senju-no-mae becomes a nun.

At Yashima, Taira no Koremori , grandson of Taira no Kiyomori, is grieved to be away from his family in the capital.

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He secretly leaves Yashima and travels to Mt. As we shall see, the social position of the characters is important in how their behaviour is judged. It seemed more fruitful to compare the development of this character-type in the gunki genre, however, rather than analyse the function of characters on the level of abstraction suggested by the work of Propp or recent semioticians.

Concepts like bravery or cowardice are not necessarily defined in exactly the same way.

As an example of text-immanent information that guides our understanding of characters, let us look at the description of retainers in battle in several gunki monogatari. The texts lay particular emphasis on the behaviour of men serving someone of higher rank. We read repeatedly of praise for a man who dies together with his lord, and scorn for one who leaves his lord to die alone.

Finer distinctions and other considerations can be revealed by a closer examination of the text alone, without reference to other contemporary works or modern historical accounts. Such passages provide evidence for scholars attempting to reconstruct the successive stages in the development of the text.

Positive examples of foster brothers include the menotogo of Tomomori, Yoshinaka, and Munemori; while negative examples include the disloyal Munenobu and Morinaga. McCullough pp.

The usual pronunciation in Kakuichi-bon texts has been followed. In 37 Watching on as their master is killed, they proudly announce his death. Tochigi , p. See Rufubon version, ed. Nagazumi and Shimada , p. Wilson , p. Sieffert , pp. The narrative pays tribute also to Kamada for saving the life of his lord Akugenda. If it had not been for the two retainers, he could scarcely have escaped with his life. The two earlier works are of course on a considerably smaller scale, and do not describe the variety of military encounters found in Heike monogatari.

Nonetheless, it is fair to say that the motif only becomes important in this narrative, the third of the war tales. This indicates a change in the generic expectations of characters of a certain social category. Each of these three works can thus be seen to form its own textual domain. Kusaka, pp. Chalitpanangune , pp. Nagazumi and Shimada , pp. Reischauer , p. Kusaka, p. For another translation, see Chalitpanangune , p. Nagazumi and Shimada, , p. Both of these scholars have applied their versions of the theory to premodern texts, which make the models obvious candidates for a theoretical framework that can be applied in a study of Heike narrative structure.

Abstract: What was this about? Orientation: Who, what,when, where? Important work continues to be done by German critics, many of whom publish also in English.

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Complicating Action Then what happened? Peak: What was the highpoint? Evaluation: So what? Resolution: What finally happened? Coda: What is the relation to the present 51 context? Orientation: when? On the 23rd of the month who? Evaluation So what? The court did not want to follow the inauspicious precedent of earlier promotions of Taira courtiers. The second story has a double structure. The first segment relates to the narrative present That night at the hour of the rat what?

A summary, not a translation, is given. Evaluation external : This was a splendid honor. The secret melodies handed down in his family would have been lost if it had not been for the fortunate intervention of Emperor Horikawa. Heike monogatari vol. McCullough , p. The intent is to move the audience, one assumes, but the narrator phrases it as a personal admission of being scarcely able to hold back tears. Here the Speaker not only has a voice, but is embodied with tear-glands.

There is no one on duty to bring the Mirror to safety. In recent times chikagoro it has been kept in the Unmeiden. In this world of ours kono yo ni wa no person would dream of handling it, nor would the Mirror go to anybody CODA. The ancient times were splendid! Fleischman , p. Again, a summary rather than a translation is given.

Saneyori kneels and prays. The use of direct quotation can sometimes be a mark of Evaluation, but here it has the double function of setting off another series of events. Through this experiment, one becomes aware of aspects of the structure that might otherwise escape notice. The model is of course not the only possible typology that could be brought to bear on the macro-structure of episodes.

Monika Fludernik has developed the model in a number of promising ways, redefining or renaming several of the terms. She also points out how orientation can occur at different points in the narrative. It is by no means always in the initial position. We note that the information about the location of the Mirror is included together in the incidence section, in the description of where the fire broke out. This is exemplified in the well-known Amaterasu story.

See also Fludernik b, , The function of discourse markers like sate is also discussed in the same chapter, pp. Analytical tools must be capable of dealing with works of a great variety of genres, cultures, languages, and times. As scholars carry out detailed narratological analyses of individual texts, particularly those from less studied linguistic genres or periods, it will prove necessary to re-examine the standard approaches to narrative discourse, and to develop certain concepts in greater detail.

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Just as in modern linguistics, the grammatical patterns of East Asian languages are not forced to lie on the Procrustean bed of Latin syntax, so the narrative patterns of medieval Japanese monogatari should not be obliged to conform to Western expectations about how stories are typically configured.

Narratology has shown itself flexible enough to deal both with what is typical and atypical in the Western tradition. It has not shirked at the task of making a thorough inventory of the classic devices of fiction. It must now do the same for non-European literature, especially in genres without any exact equivalent in the West like the various kinds of Heian, Kamakura, and Muromachi monogatari.

We must consider not only what theory can do for us, but also what we can do 69 Barthes [], p. Those of us involved in the study of Japanese texts have an obligation to contribute to a larger debate on literature, the international discussion on the nature of narrative in all its forms.

As most of the major studies of narrative have focused primarily on the modern European tradition, much attention has been given to a relatively limited set of genres the novel, the short story and to the literary devices most frequently found in them. This cultural bias has meant that other forms of story-telling are less understood, including those of premodern and early modern Europe, let alone the immense variety of narratives found among peoples around the world.

It is of course important to understand how narrative techniques function within a particular work or genre, and how they change over time within each linguistic tradition, through indigenous cultural developments or through contact with other literatures.

Yet above and beyond this, case studies in narratology contribute to a larger picture, the understanding of narrative per se. The desire to construct a better general theory of narrative should be an important aim of those who study the production and reception of texts. Detailed case studies of East Asian narrative can contribute to this larger project by calling into question some of the Eurocentric, modernist assumptions of narratology.

If there are important narrative aspects of the works that cannot be convincingly described or explained by any of the theories tested, then we must consider whether it is possible to revise or extend an existing theory, or whether an entirely new approach is needed.

The identification of gaps in the theory will ultimately benefit the study of all narratives, of other cultures as well, including Europe, especially in the centuries before the novel gained its hegemony.

Only by detailed descriptive study of what is usual and typical in a given genre can we really understand how a particular narrative functions and begin to understand what is unique and special. In the field of premodern Japanese literature, we need more basic work on the most frequent and common forms of narrative structure, together with closer study of the representation of time, space, speech, and action. Porter Abbott. The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Bal Mieke Bal.

Narratologies: Essais sur la signification narrative dans quatre romans modernes. Utrecht: HES, Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative.

Christine van Boheemen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Essays selected and translated by Stephen Heath, New York; Hill and Wang, Bialock David T.His head is nailed near the temple at Nara. Resolution: What finally happened?

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Chalitpanangune , pp. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, For the term itself, see Herman , p. It is brought to the capital and shown to Yasuyori's family. After the exchange of arrows from a distance main forces begin fighting. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. Speech representation in Heike monogatari is discussed in Watson , Chapter 4. His death in , age 64 highlights the themes of impermanence and fall of the mighty.

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