Video Nasty: the moral apocalypse in Koji Suzuki's Ring

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Video Nasty: the moral apocalypse in Koji Suzuki's Ring. / Jones, Steve.

In: Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2012, p. 212-225.

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abstract = "Although overshadowed by its filmic adaptations (Hideo Nakata, 1998 and Gore Verbinski, 2002), Koji Suzuki{\textquoteright}s novel Ring (1991) is at the heart of the international explosion of interest in Japanese horror. This article seeks to explore Suzuki{\textquoteright}s overlooked text. Unlike the film versions, the novel is more explicitly focused on the line between self-preservation and self-sacrifice, critiquing the ease with which the former is privileged over the latter. In the novel then, the horror of Sadako{\textquoteright}s curse raises questions about the terrors of moral obligation: the lead protagonist (Asakawa) projects the guilt he feels over his self-interested actions, envisaging them as an all-consuming apocalypse.",
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