A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance

A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance

Imagining Multilingualism

Book - 2015
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"Speaking one language, I submit, is like living in a house with one window only..."From his legendary birth in a snow bank in northwestern Manitoba, through his metamorphosis to citizen-artist of the world, playwright, pianist, polyglot, storyteller, and irreverent disciple of the Trickster, Tomson Highway rides roughshod through the languages and communities that have shaped him. Cree, Dene, Latin, French, English, Spanish, and the universal language of music have opened windows and widened horizons in Highway's life. Readers who can hang on tight--Highway fans, culture mavens, cunning linguists, and fellow tricksters--will experience the profundity of Highway's humour, for as he says, "In Cree, you will laugh until you weep."
Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press : Canadian Literature Centre = Centre de littérature canadienne , ©2015.
ISBN: 9781772120417
Characteristics: xv, 37 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Canadian Literature Centre


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Jul 02, 2016

Funny, personal story.

Nov 10, 2015

I enjoy this Kreisel lecture series - I've read Highway's and Boyden's. my library has 2 more but I hope they'll invest in the whole series.

in this Canadian Literature Centre related series who could be more representative of Canada and of it's many languages than Tomson Highway, who's language inspired humour encompasses the whole country.

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