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Shelley Ingram, Willow G. Mullins, and Todd Richardson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496822956

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496822956.001.0001

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A Folkloristics of Death: Absence, Sustainability, and Ghosts in the Film Welcome to Pine Point

A Folkloristics of Death: Absence, Sustainability, and Ghosts in the Film Welcome to Pine Point

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(p.135) Four A Folkloristics of Death: Absence, Sustainability, and Ghosts in the Film Welcome to Pine Point
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Implied Nowhere
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Willow G. Mullins

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496822956.003.0010

Welcome to Pine Point is a 2011 interactive web documentary about a Canadian town that was physically demolished when the mine closed and residents dispersed. As folklorists, we tend to seek continuation, preservation, sustainability and we see in stories like Pine Point the demise of a folk group in the face of class struggle. “Pine Point” the web video, however, suggests a story and a folk group may be more important in their absence than in their continuation. Putting Welcome to Pine Point into discussion with Jacque Derrida's "hauntology," this chapter explores the preservationism inherent in not only folklore but much of the arts and humanities.

Keywords:   Absence, Sustainability, Conservation, Digital folklore, Group

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