: the changing limits of textual encounters

  • Stephen Kenyon-Owen

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis focuses upon storytelling, examining processes of use and interaction as texts transform and migrate through medial boundaries. It aims to excavate new ways of considering the adapted text, and how theory may inform practice (and vice-versa) to produce an intermedial weave of both text and theoretical approach. The methodology is multidisciplinary, encompassing: adaptation studies, art, installation works, and convergent media, with analysis observing how these critical areas connect and intersect. The affordances each specific media provides is considered whilst also acknowledging that medial boundaries flex, being ‘indeterminate and flexible relative to surrounding environments’, or use.1 I examine points of connection between text, media and user, and ask ‘what that space, that necessary difference, enables’, in the manner of how we explore, view, and navigate ever-shifting adaptational frameworks.2 The text here is considered as being in motion, as it morphs into new forms and moves across textual borderlines. It is this aspect of cross-pollination, or textual blend occurring through media, that is the focus of the thesis.
Date of Award2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
Sponsors Arts and Humanities Research Council
SupervisorLouise Marshall (Supervisor) & Neal Alexander (Supervisor)


  • storytelling
  • text
  • media
  • adaptive

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