Familiarizing and Humanizing an “Exotic” Language: LARB
Traditionally, academics have built careers — and obtained funding — by developing specific expertise and keeping a narrow, in-depth focus. But a new movement has encouraged a broader, more interdisciplinary approach to research. It’s safer — and more common — for late-career academics to pursue this path. Rather than concern themselves with simple disciplinary advancement, they revel in the pure joy of exploration and seek to create genuinely innovative works that shed light on topics of interest to a diverse readership. The estimable Perry Link has done just that in his latest monograph, An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics.