Marcia Douglas

Genuine Herstory: Documythographies is a hybrid novel/mythography which charts a history of Jamaica via runaway slaves, and through various migrations, past and present. The text dialogues with Marcia Douglas’s own experience as a US immigrant, her journey to citizenship, and the multiple meanings of home. The story is narrated by a “curator,” whose collection includes photos from a Kodak Zora Neale Hurston lost during her 1936 Guggenheim trip to the Jamaican maroon community of Accompong, and which this project imagines were found after her absence. It also includes 18th Century freedom papers, underground maps and letters, as well as contemporary immigration documents—artifacts which chart two centuries of the history of New World fugitives—women and men of resistance, migration, and disruption. This multi-phased, cross-genre project is a continuation of Douglas’s interrogation of what it means to tell a story.