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This blog, written by a fellow classmate of mine, fits in well with my Grapes of Wrath post. Feel free to peruse his blog as you “travel” through cyber space!

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Secondly, how humourous was that? Well, whether you chuckled or cringed, the idea of that video remains the same: that the biblical story of Exodus is about journey and wandering, about leaving one’s home for a new one, about powers beyond one’s control leading to this removal, but also about the possibility of regained authority in a new land. Facing slavery in Egypt, the Israelites fled from the cruel grasp of the Pharaoh to the hypothetical land of milkduds and honeydew. The promise of freedom and dream-worthy potentials was enough for the Israelites to move away from their homestead and its restrictions. And though the farmers of the 1920s and 1930s were not, technically, enslaved by a Pharaoh, they were under the iron fist of the banking system. When that banking system became unruly and unscrupulous with the Great Depression, the farmers, and their literary counterparts in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of…

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Looking for Something to Pass the Time?

If you are looking for some good time travel books, FlavorWire has provided a list of their favourite time travel books, including one of my favourites, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

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Want More?!

If you are looking for some more information on travel literature, or you simply want to read some books based around travel then a great website to check out is Paperback Traveler.  This website is personally run, but provides a great definition of travel literature.  The site is divided into different categories based on the type of travel literature you are looking for.  The category that caught my eye was of course “American” but there are also categories that focus on specific authors, European travel literature and best sellers.  So if you are wanting more, check it out!

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Getting our kicks!

This blog takes a look at Route 66 from The Grapes of Wrath. Route 66 was the main road traveled on to get to California. It is interesting to see the change on Route 66 from the times of The Grapes of Wrath to the present. The pothole filled roads still exist and as this blogger mentions the roads were only suitable for specific types of cars. The cars in The Grapes of Wrath were not “suitable” cars for long distance drives. They weren’t even suitable cars! They were handmade trucks, torn apart and rebuilt to create space for every family member and belonging. I liked how this blogger included the story about the GPS trying to turn them around. It is like the GPS was saying “you don’t want to go there! Turn around and don’t mention this place again”, What does this say about the Joad’s in The Grapes of Wrath who had no choice but to go forward? They had nothing to turn around and go back to.


The town of Williams where we were staying was the last town on Route 66  to be passed by the new freeway. The town makes the most of its’ heritage, although maybe a little kitch? We loved it! First we could walk round the town at night from the motel- no need to get in the car just to cross the road. Next I am a big John Steinbeck fan. The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of a dust bowl family in the 1930’s who were tractored off their land- ie the tractors just came along and knocked down their home, in the interests of big agri business. The family along with many others makes the long and difficult journey from Oklahoma along Route 66 to California, tempted by handbills offering work picking crops- peaches, grapes, cotton, oranges. When they arrive, after loosing three family members along the route…

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The American Slave Narrative Revisited: Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

While this blog does not discuss the topic of travel in slave narratives, it brings about an interesting point on slave narratives which should be considered. Not all slave narratives are focused on travel and escape.

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Originating as early as 1760 (Campbell), the traditional American slave narrative was characterized by a journey from oppression to freedom, or more acutely, literal travel from the deep Antebellum south to the liberal minded Northern states. However, “…the attainment of freedom is signaled not simply by reaching the free states, but by renaming oneself and dedicating one’s future to antislavery activism,” (Andrews).  Often including a preface to emphasize and affirm authenticity, the narratives pooled nature imagery, biblical allusions and spirituality, as well as severe emotional and physical abuse including but not limited to: lynching, domestic violence, rape and molestation. In their earliest period, slave narratives were written by sympathetic white witnesses, some slave owners, others not and later evolved into personal accounts direct from ex-slaves. Exemplified in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, more clearly than in some of the others, poignant internal struggles and the…

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