Jaws and Queer Theory
Thanks to a lead from my favourite magazine, Private Eye, I found this conference online. The prize for the title which packs more gibberish per inch than any other has to go to Daniel Massie (The Robert Gordon University), for ‘Jaws: The Case of the Archetypal American Villain as Queer Dissident Attacking the Heteronormative.’
It has been some years since I saw the film but I confess that I do not recall the shark having an English accent -- so claims about it being archetypal in an American movie context are clearly exaggerated. But hey, that's the beauty of critical theory -- you can make it up as you go along.
And, you know, every now and then a shark is just a shark.