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Author Haddow, Sam, author.

Title Precarious spectatorship : theatre and image in an age of emergencies / Sam Haddow
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 175 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: emergencies and spectatorship -- Enemy/image -- Two tales of my dying neighbours -- 'in the grip of the monster' -- Theatre, exposure and the exterior
Summary "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."-- Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 25, 2019)
Subject Emergencies -- Press coverage
Theater and society -- Philosophy
Theater and society -- Western countries
Theater audiences -- Philosophy
Theater audiences -- Psychology.
Theater and society.
Theater audiences -- Psychology.
Western countries.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526138425