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Making Monsters
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Abstract

(Spielberg 1975) is a film in which a shark is depicted as a monster. Readings and analyses of the film routinely describe the shark as a monster, and pleasures associated with the film rest on audiences reading the animal as such. The book the film is adapted from constructs the shark in similar ways, but there are notable differences between the two. This article examines how the film constructs the shark as a monster, with particular reference to differences between the book and film. It focuses specifically on the story-telling and representational norms associated with each medium, indicating how cinema’s centring of the audio-visual is fundamental to its monster-making processes. Drawing on work from the ‘animal turn’ this article demonstrates cinema’s embedded anthropocentrism and points to the implications this has for non-humans outside of cinema.

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