This special issue focuses on the fractious, contested concept of ‘participation’ as it has emerged from the recent cross-fertilisation of literary and cultural studies with an array of performance theories and practices. In particular, it aims to investigate how a critical focus on the ‘travelling’ and interstitial concepts of performance and performativity can help to reframe, revise and challenge existing notions of publics and audiences (both as spectators and as readers). The contributions published here range from installation artworks and reality shows to photography and antithetical forms of theatre, including Deaf performances and embodied narrative, thus reflecting, each with their distinctive concerns and specific case studies, a limited but significant sample of the richness and variety of the inter- or trans-disciplinary dialogue tensely taking place among different artistic and critical perspectives on the issue of performing audiences.

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A double blind peer-reviewed journal, published twice a year by Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”'
Attention, Agency, Affect
In the Flow of Performing Audiences
Vol. 18, n. 1 (2014)
Editors: C. Maria Laudando and Anna Notaro

Table of Contents



Andreas Hudelist and Elena Pilipets

Walking Art: The Movement In-Between

Attention, Agency, Affect

C. Maria Laudando

Introduction. Attention, Agency, Affect: In the Flow of Performing Audiences


Marco Pustianaz

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Performing Literature in Transition

Lucia Esposito

Playing with the Audience: Performative Interactions in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound


Amaya Fernández-Menicucci

Performing Duggars: The Interaction between Producers, Performers and Spectators in the Reality Show 19 Kids and Counting

Elena Intorcia

 Performing Deaf Culture: The (Changing) Role of the Audience


Giuseppe De Riso

 When Narration Is Made Flesh: An Affective Reading of Geetanjali Shree’s The Empty Space 

Sue Lovell and Teone Reinthal

“I Saw a Woman”: Performance, Performativity and Affect 

Dialogue Debate Dissent

Annalisa Oboe

Seeing beneath the Surface: A Conversation with Photographer Pieter Hugo 

Aureliana Natale

Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013) 

Emilio Amideo

Marco Pustianaz, Giulia Palladini and Annalisa Sacchi (eds.), Archivi affettivi. Un catalogo/Affective Archives. A Catalogue (Vercelli: Mercurio Edizioni, 2013) 

Books Received

Abstracts and Notes on Contributors