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Precarious Spectatorship: Theatre and Image in an Age of Emergencies

Sam Haddow


This book is about the relationship between emergencies and the spectator. In the early twenty-first century, ‘emergencies’ are commonplace in the newsgathering and political institutions of western industrial democracies. From terrorism to global warming, the refugee crisis to general elections, the spectator is bombarded with narratives that seek to suspend the criteria of everyday life in order to address perpetual ‘exceptional’ threats. I argue that repeated exposure to these narratives through the apparatuses of contemporary technology creates a ‘precarious spectatorship’, where the spect ... More

Keywords: Theatre, Image, Emergencies, Representation, Violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526138415
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526138422


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Haddow, author
University of St Andrews