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date: 02 June 2020

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This article examines the challenges associated with locating African American slave narratives in geographic regions, such as by points of arrival or points of departure, and in ideological frameworks, such as Southern studies, transnationalism, transatlantic studies, and old Northeastern studies. Although authors of slave narratives located themselves in families and communities and often cited multiple locales they inhabited due to forced and voluntary migration, scholars often situate their stories within specific geographical regions or theoretical paradigms. The varied migration experiences of authors of slave narratives complicates efforts to locate these narratives, however, encouraging a multifaceted approach that considers multiple locales and diverse theoretical paradigms that acknowledge the complexities of a genre that is only beginning to be understood.

Keywords: locating slave narratives, geographic regions, ideological frameworks, points of departure, points of arrival, forced migration, voluntary migration, locales, theoretical paradigms, transnationalism, old Northeastern studies, Southern studies, transatlant

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