Sarah Glasco completed her Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, focusing on the contemporary French novel with a supporting program in contemporary Hispanic literature. She joined Elon’s faculty that same year. Her scholarly interests include immigration policy in France, intertextuality and global culture in the novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint, and literacy-based language learning. Her favorite city in France is Montpellier (vive le sud!) where she regularly visits her "sister", Béatrice, who lived with Glasco in 1987. She loves the laid-back life of southern France and being by the Mediterannean. She also adores ripe stinky cheeses, rich red wine, the aroma of Gauloises cigarettes, and epic three-hour meals shared with friends that often include all three of the aforementioned. Professor Glasco resides in Carrboro with her husband and two children (who also love Montpellier!).
Ph.D. in Romance Languages- French, 2007. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Dissertation: Textual Games, Intertextual Readings: Ludic Dimensions in Story and Style in the Works of Jean-Philippe Toussaint, successfully defended, December 2006.
Director: Dr. Yves de la Quérière
Readers: Dr. Sophie Adamson, Dr. Nina Furry, Dr. Michele Magill, Dr. Hassan Melehy, & Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand
Area of Specialization: 20th/21st Century French & Francophone Literature
Supporting Program: 20th Century Hispanic Literature
M.A. in French,1999. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Thesis: The Hyper-real World of Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s L’appareil-photo. Director: Dr. Martine Antle.
B.A. in French,1993. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va. Tech), Blacksburg, VA.
ELON UNIVERSITY: Assistant Professor of French, August 2007-present (full-time adjunct: 2007-2009; continuing track: 2009-2010; Tenure track: fall 2010-present); Instructor, 2006-07.
Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: fall 2005. Elementary French 2 & Intermediate French 1.
Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 1997-99; Sept. 2000 - May 2005. Survey of French Literature; Advanced Grammar & Composition; Elementary & Intermediate French for Advanced Students; Intermediate French 1 & 2; Intensive Elementary French; Elementary French 1.
Lecturer, Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier III), Montpellier, France : 1999-2000.
Department of Anglo-American Studies: Travaux pratiques: Langue, Littérature, et Civilisation Etrangère; Travaux Pratiques : Langues Etrangères Appliquées; Travaux dirigés: Non-Spécialistes.
Department of History: English, Maîtrise Sciences Techniques Patrimoine: full course responsibilities for first year master’s students. Prepared lessons, exams, & field trips on ecology, art, & architectural history, French culture & civilization, & artisanal craft.
Instructor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC: summer 1999.
Courses Taught at Elon University
Elementary French 1- 2 & Intermediate French 2
French Conversation: Everyday Topics, Topics in Popular Culture, & French Cinema
Perspectives in Modern French Literature
Advanced Grammar & Composition
Defining Moments of French Civilization
Current Events in the French and Francophone World
COE 375: Transition Strategies for Liberal Arts Majors, fall 2008 & spring 2009, and “You've got skills!” Uncovering Hidden Talents and? Marketing Yourself Effectively in a Down Economy, spring & fall 2010
France Today: Multiculturalism and the French-American Experience (GST 365), winter 2010, 2011, 2012, spring 2014
Culinary Crusades: The Evolution of French Culture Through Cuisine (GST 270), winter 2014
Independent Undergraduate Research, Director/Mentor
“Can Arabs Be French? A sociolinguistic study of second generation North-African immigrants in France through the literature of Azouz Begag,” fall 2013. (Ashton Coats)
“Agricultural Impact on Modern French Culture,” fall 2011. (Taryn Johnson)
“La politique de l’immigration française et la fuite des cerveaux en Algérie,” fall 2010. (Anna Cornacchio)
“The Franco-Algerian Identity: Assimilation, Political Pressure and Turmoil, the Plight of Algerian Immigrants and their Descendants in Paris, France and the Role of the French Government in the Loss of Algerian Culture and Discrimination,” fall 2010. (Kaila Robertson)
“Love, War, and Women in French Fiction & Cinema since 1950,” fall 2009. (Megan Cunningham)
Study Abroad Teaching & Leadership
GST 223 IS, Reconsidering “Religious” Experiences and Sacred Space in Southern France (Co-taught with LD Russell), Montpellier, France, slated for January 2014.
STA 267, Pre-departure course for GST 223 IS, fall 2013.
Professor Glasco is currently working on the completion of a book entitled Parody and Palimpsest: Intertextual Dialogues/Intercultural Discourse in the Novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint (forthcoming, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc).
Contemporary Belgian writer Jean-Philippe Toussaint is the author of ten books published by Editions de Minuit and one of the rare writers to enjoy great success in scholarly circles and the general public. His novels have been translated into over thirty languages and are part of French literature curricula at universities worldwide. Glasco's book will contribute to literary studies and the humanities by adding to the emerging body of work on intertextuality through expansion of critical examinations of Toussaint's texts, and by linking these to cross-disciplinary texts that include not only Russian, American, and Japanese literatures, for example, but also film, visual art, and socio-cultural/linguistic markers. Glasco incorporates examples from Toussaint’s own texts, the language, literature, art, products, and thus culture, of others and as a result relates intertextuality to global cultures and new media via his contemporary literary landscapes. Subsequently, intertextuality embodies a microcosm for globalization and a model for intellectual collaboration.
OTHER SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE
Wine & Cheese Specialist, French-speaking Business Liaison, Whole Foods Market: Chapel Hill, NC, 1995-97. Co-managed daily operations of specialty products department; met with French cheese producers at French Embassy & trade shows.
Cello Teacher, Duke String School, Duke University: Durham, NC, 1996-99. Gave private lessons to students aged 7-17.