- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-3841-5
- Pages: 192
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £80.00
- Published Date: October 2019
- BIC Category: Theatre Studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies, LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: plays & playwrights, The arts / Theatre studies
Precarious spectatorship 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. The book argues that repeated exposure to these narratives through the apparatuses of contemporary technology creates a 'precarious spectatorship', where the spectator's ability to rationalise herself or her relationship with the object of her spectatorship is compromised. This precarity has become a destructive but too-often overlooked aspect of contemporary spectatorship.
Introduction: emergencies and spectatorship
2 Two tales of my dying neighbours
3 'in the grip of the monster'
4 Theatre, exposure and the exterior
Appendix: a brief history of emergencies
Sam Haddow is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Drama at the University of St Andrews