Fading feminism practice process. A practice as research exploration into the fade as a ‘cite’ for écriture féminine

  • Karen Savage

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This project is the written part of a practice-as-research document which explores the process of the fade in intermedial practice. The written element acts as a literary counterpart to the practical work and includes an account of the process, an exploration of its theoretical context and sources of inspiration for the work. The writing is also a part of the autobiographical practice that informs my creative journey. The writing is not primarily an explanation or an analysis of my practice, although there are elements of these present in this document. Furthermore, whilst it adheres to scholarly conventions, this document is not written as a conventional thesis which seeks to explore a hypothesis and draw a set of conclusions. It is, rather, a distinct but integral part of the exploratory process which is at the heart of this project. The project is laid out in sections, rather than chapters. It begins by introducing the inspiration for the practice-as-research project, and explores practical and theoretical ideas through a range of existing practical and theoretical work in the field. The second section puts these ideas in context of feminism, which is an important element of my exploration, and provides the context in which some existing interdisciplinary and intermedial work is located. Section 3 locates the ideas within a ‘between’ space, influenced by Hegel’s concept of sense-certainty and the French body of thought, écriture féminine. Section 4 is written as a dialogue between characters. This section draws a line under the process using many voices from the practical and theoretical journey. Section 5 comprises annexes of additional material complementary to the project. This thesis incorporates a range of material evidence including different forms of writing, visual essays, DVDs and illustrative material. In summarising my practice in this document I resist drawing hard and fast conclusions, but provide reflection upon the process and make suggestions for future work in the field of intermediality. On the following pages I have included a practice as research working diagram (P&R Mollusc) to illustrate the working methodology and the to-ing and fro-ing of collaborative, interdisciplinary and intermedial practices, as well as an alternative contents diagram to illustrate the thesis visually
Date of AwardNov 2010
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Portsmouth
SupervisorDavid Allen (Supervisor), Sue Harper (Supervisor) & Dominic Symonds (Supervisor)

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