Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture
Edited by Gordon E. Smith, Lynda Jessup and Andrew Nurse
February 2008, ISBN 978-0-660-19775-3
Mercury Series, Cultural Studies 83
384 pp., 80 illustrations, 17 x 24 cm, paperback
Marius Barbeau (1883–1969) played a vital role in shaping Canadian culture in the 20th century. Around and About Marius Barbeau extends discussion about Barbeau beyond his life and work by providing critical and interpretive approaches to the different aspects of Barbeau.
Rooted in the premise that his cultural work — in anthropology, fine arts, music, film, folklore studies, fiction and historiography — cannot be read unidimensionally, this book advances the idea that, by merging disciplinary perspectives, evaluations and understandings of the situation around Barbeau can be deepened. The 16 articles and over 80 illustrations that comprise this book bear this idea out, suggesting that Barbeau’s cultural work needs to be considered from a variety of different perspectives, each of which carries with it complex and competing dynamics, as well as a critical and subject context. Together, they present alternative stances from which Barbeau’s historical situation and the implications of his work can be reflected upon today.