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Surviving Theatre
The Living Archive of Spectatorship

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ISBN 9780367407889
September 24, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Written soon before and in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic when theatre ground to a halt and spectatorship was suspended, this book takes stock of spectatorship as theatre’s living archive and affirms its value in the midst of the present crisis.

Drawing from a manifold affective archive of performances and installations by Marina Abramović, Ron Athey, Forced Entertainment, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Blast Theory, LIGNA, Doris Salcedo, Graeme Miller, Lenz Rifrazioni, Cristina Rizzo ..., and expanding on the work of many theorists and scholars like Roland Barthes and Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben and Alain Badiou, Nicholas Ridout and Alan Read, among others, the book focuses on the spectator as the subject, rather than the object, of investigation. This is the right time to remember their secret power and theorise their collective time in the theatre. This book is an archive of their adventure and a manifesto rooted in their potentiality. It boldly posits the spectator as the inaugurator of theatre, the surplus that survives it.

The book will be of great interest to spectators all and sundry, to scholars and students of theatre and performance studies, of spectatorship and politics.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations


Note on pronouns and number

Introduction The twilight of spectatorship

Chapter 1 Infinite amounts of remaining time

Chapter 2 Affect and the spectator’s body

Chapter 3 Spect(r)ating Hamlet

Chapter 4 Spectatorship at work

Chapter 5 Diasporics

Chapter 6 The manifold archive of Shibboleth

End As a prelude



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Marco Pustianaz is Associate Professor of English Literature and Theatre at Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli. He has published on queer theory and performance studies, and co-curated, with Giulia Palladini, Lexicon for an Affective Archive (2017).