A Chinese examination requires one to record everything felt or recalled within a given time frame. It "tests" an entire life. Karin Kiwus' poetic tools for taking the exam are monumentality, the freezing of imagined history into the dimension of a statue—that then crumbles back into time; and metamorphosis, the subjection of moments and personae to quasi-musical structures of ceaseless variation.
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"Modernism and Metamorphosis: Karin Kiwus' Das Chinesische Examen,"
Studies in 20th Century Literature:
1, Article 6.