Jason Herbeck recently published a chapter in a pedagogical anthology titled Entre-Textes: Dialogues littéraires et culturels. Published by Routledge, Entre-Textes introduces advanced students of French to the richness of the Francophone world through literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
The course anthology is divided into 14 modules, each of which pairs a classical text with a modern one. Students are guided to read works from different periods of time and cultural origin and consider how these echo, complement or question each other. Through comparing and contrasting the texts, students are encouraged to develop a new approach to reading literature while simultaneously reinforcing linguistic and cultural competencies.
The chapter written by Herbeck, co-authored with Margaret Gray from Indiana University, examines the river as a metaphor for identity in canonical French writer Marcel Proust’s 1913 Du Côté de chez Swann (Swann’s Way, the first volume of In Search of Lost Time) and Guadeloupean Édouard Glissant’s 1958 novel, “La Lézarde” (The Ripening).