A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance

A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance

Imagining Multilingualism

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Wayne State

"Fasten your chastity belts, ladies and gentlemen, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride."

From his legendary birth in a snowbank in northwestern Manitoba, through his metamorphosis to citizen-artist of the world, polyglot, playwright, pianist, 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."


Playwright, novelist, polyglot, pianist, trickster Tomson Highway’s Kreisel Memorial Lecture on the importance of multilingualism.

Publisher: Edmonton :, University of Alberta Press,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Description: xv, 37 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781772120417
1772120413
Branch Call Number: 812.09 Hig
Additional Contributors: Canadian Literature Centre

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mclarjh
Jul 02, 2016

Funny, personal story.

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ms_mustard
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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