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David Marvin’s Griffintown: An archival exploration of a ghosted neighbourhood

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David Marvin’s Griffintown: An archival exploration of a ghosted neighbourhood

Fleming, Arwen Jean (2015) David Marvin’s Griffintown: An archival exploration of a ghosted neighbourhood. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

This thesis explores an archive of photographs by Montreal-based photographer David Wallace Marvin and its potential for reimagining Griffintown, an historically working class neighbourhood and industrial district located near Montreal’s downtown waterfront. Drawing upon sociologist Avery Gordon’s “haunting-as-method,” I examine how David Marvin’s photographs bear traces of a community left out of the histories of Montreal currently in circulation, revealing the imaginative and geographical displacements brought about by more than two centuries of municipal neglect and isolation, eviction, and gentrification.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Fleming, Arwen Jean
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:August 2015
Thesis Supervisor(s):van Wyck, Peter C.
Keywords:haunting; photography; photographic archives; public histories; visibility; memory; blind field; ghosted community; cities; urban displacement; community-based organizing; working class histories; gentrification
ID Code:980525
Deposited By: ARWEN JEAN FLEMING
Deposited On:28 Oct 2015 19:33
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:51
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