10 Must-Read Academic Books for 2015

falloflanguage

The Fall of Language in the Age of English, Minae Mizumura, Mari Yoshihara (trans.) (Columbia)

This book caused a stir in Japan when it was released in 2008. Written by the unimpeachably cool Minae Mizumura, whose update of Wuthering Heights (A True Novel) was recently published by Other Press, the book questions what sensibilities — of sounds, smell, thought, vision — are lost when a single language dominates others. In this case, of course, that language is English, and Mizumura can be acerbic, hilarious, and, well, correct in her critique of those who wield it.