- 近世文藝 (ISSN:03873412)
- vol.112, pp.69-80, 2020 (Released:2021-01-31)
This article chronologically traces the development of the true stories of Ōshio-Heihachirō from the Edo Period to the Meiji Period to see their whole aspect in a new perspective. The stories can be classified into the following five groups; the “Naniwa-hikki” series (Naniwa-hikki, Kyōran-taihei-ki, Naniwazu-ashi-no-hanashi, and Miyo-taihei-ki), Taihei-kagami, Tenpō-naniwa-hanashi, Tenpō-taihei-ki, Shinpen-tenpō-taihei-ki. In Tenpō-naniwa-hanashi, Tenpō-taihei-ki, and Shinpen-tenpō-taihei-ki there appeared an additional episode of Heihachirō’s younger days. The narrative theme came to be more centered on the character than the rebellion. In this way Tenpō-naniwa-hanashi and Tenpō-taihei-ki became a narrative model for the modern version of Ōshio-Heihachirō stories such as Naniwa-no-ume-ōshio-banashi and Tenma-suiko-den.