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Implied NowhereAbsence in Folklore Studies$
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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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Where Have All the Hoaxes Gone?

Where Have All the Hoaxes Gone?

(p.191) Where Have All the Hoaxes Gone?
Implied Nowhere

Willow G. Mullins

University Press of Mississippi

As folklorists know, one way to gain understanding of a group is through the folklore they produce. In this essay, folklorists are the group, and the hoaxes perpetrated by and on them, or the lack of such hoaxes, offer some insight into the culture of folklore studies. Looking at a series of alleged hoaxes, including the Tasaday tribe, MacPhearson's Ossian, and Leland's Aradia, the essay probes folklorists' desire to believe and disbelieve. Folklorists have historically proven difficult to hoax, to intentionally deceive, but that disciplinary skepticism may come with a cost.

Keywords:   Ethnography, Folklore studies, Hoax, Belief, Folk groups

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