Hello, I'm a French student who studies English at University. I've just
finished a dissertation for my MA; it includes a comparison between Mark
Twain, The Gilded Age and Walt Whitman (about 90 Ko), "Democratic
Vistas", with some comments concerning Carlyle's influences on these
This study was meant as a historical approach of the Reconstruction era
in the USA, therefore I did not focus too much on the stylistic
characteristics of Twain and Whitman. However, if my work can provide
anybody with a starting-point or be of any help, it would be great! Let me
I would be very thankful if anyone could share some information with me
concerning Huckleberry Finn- it is part of my syllabus this year. We are
asked to study to what extent this novel is akin to a Bildungsroman.
Another aspect of the program deals with Paul Auster's The Invention of
Solitude, another with William Blake's Songs of Experience, and
Shakespeare's Hamlet. Any help or comment on either of these topics will
be become, your personal impressions as native speakers or scholars will
be mostly appreciated. I have already read some really interesting
comments on HF, which related to the picaresque in the novel and a
criticism onWas Huck Black and on Jane Smiley's book. If you have further
information, please let me know.
Thanks a lot.
Nathalie Le Guelte.
Louis LE GUELTE
Laboratoire de Socioecologie, Conservation et Developpement
43 bd du 11 novembre 1918
69622 VILLEURBANNE CEDEX