Vivienne Westbrook
Cultural Historian, Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Research Director formerly in the College of Humanities and Education at KIMEP University in Kazakhstan; Honorary Adjunct Professor in English and Cultural Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Oceans Institute, the University of Western Australia; Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia. She is the Lady Margaret Beaufort Fellow at St. John’s College, Cambridge; Research Associate at the University of Sussex and Associate Graduate Member of
The London Film School.

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Sharks in the Arts (Routledge, 2018) is the most thorough exploration to date of the many ways in which a wild creature has been absorbed, reimagined and represented across the ages in all of the major art forms. The authors consider not only how the identity of sharks in the natural environment became incorporated into a cultural environment but also how sharks came to be considered the most feared creatures in the open oceans as a consequence of this incorporation. Yet sharks are especially important in helping to maintain a balance that is essential to the health of the oceans.