Jaws, from the Shark’s Point of View

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‘This is the story of my death.’
How would the shark in Jaws (Spielberg 1975) make sense of, and respond to, the representational forms and cultural norms they are entrapped within? Would they see the story – and their role within it – in a manner akin to that the film offers to its assumed human audience? And what happens to the film, and anthropocentric understandings of it, if it is read by the eponymous shark?
This creative-academic text explores these questions by imagining how a shark might respond to the ways in which American popular culture and academic discourse have represented sharks and projected different meanings onto them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-24
Number of pages13
JournalComparative American Studies
Issue number1-2
Early online date29 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2024


  • shark
  • Jaws
  • death
  • anthropocentrism
  • film

Research Centres

  • Centre for Human Animal Studies


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