Orin Starn is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of
If ethnography is the writing of life in its varied worlds, what forms must it take in addressing itself to the escalating and varied forms of mass death? This chapter explores the death of form(s) as an analogue for writing about mass death. It revisits a vexed conjuncture between ethnography and fiction in the Writing Culture debate to explore the question of ethnographic “emergence” as literary nonfiction.