Heike Monogatari Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Arnn, Barbara Louise. “Medieval Fiction and History in the Heike Monogatari Story Tradition.” Dissertation Abstracts International 45, No. 5 (November 1984): 1402-A.

Outlines study of the role played by the Heike Monogatari in passing on Japanese cultural traditions.

Bialock, David Theodore. “Peripheries of Power: Voice, History, and the Construction of Imperial and Sacred Space in The Tale of the Heike and Other Medieval and Heian Historical Texts.” Dissertation Abstracts International 58, No. 2 (August 1997): 459-A.

Outlines study which emphasizes the historiographical tradition of the Heike Monogatari and the Kakuichi variant, which is the product of a marginalized group.

Keene, Donald. “Tales of Warfare.” In Seeds in the Heart, pp. 613–42. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1993.

Explains why the Heike Monogatari, defined by its dramatic contrasts and brutal portrayals of warriors, deserves its reputation as the foremost example of the Japanese martial tale.

Kitagawa, Hiroshi. “Translator's Preface.” In The Tale of the Heike: Heike Monogatari, Vol. 1, Books 1–6, translated by Hiroshi Kitagawa and Bruce T. Tsuchida, pp. xxi-xl. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 1975.

Offers background information on a wide variety of subjects relevant to the time of the Heike Monogatari, including Buddhist influence; ethics; superstitions; ranks and titles; clothes; weapons; and food.

Konishi, Jin'ichi. “The Advance of Prose in the Mixed Style.” In A History of Japanese Literature, Volume Three: The High Middle Ages, translated by Aileen Gatten and Mark Harbison, edited by Earl Miner, pp. 297-349. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Explores the strong influence of Buddhism on the Heike Monogatari.

Yamagata, Naoko. “Young and Old in Homer and in Heike Monogatari.Greece & Rome XL, No. 1 (April 1993): 1-10.

Comparative study of the Iliad and the Heike Monogatari that focuses on the generation gap.