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By Sarah Ruhl

A relocating, cutting edge play in accordance with one of many maximum correspondences in literary history

From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged greater than 400 letters. Describing the writing in their poems, their shuttle and day-by-day health problems, the pyrotechnics in their romantic relationships, and the profound affection they'd for every different, those missives are the main intimate list to be had of either poets and one of many maximum correspondences in American literature.

The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with those letters and set herself an strange problem: to show this thirty-year alternate right into a level play, and to convey to existence the friendship of 2 writers who have been infrequently even within the related nation. As cutting edge because it is relocating, Dear Elizabeth supplies voice to a talk that lived quite often in writing, illuminating the various most interesting poems of the 20 th century and the minds that produced them.

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The World Parliament of Religions—held in Chicago and organized at the beginning of America’s romance with eugenic thought only a decade before America would expand its empire to overseas territories—is an excellent context in which to understand Fenollosa’s Buddhism more generally. ”24 The Japanese delegates attending the parliament arrived from a nation already subordinated to the new American economic and military power in the Pacific Rim. While Commodore Perry’s “gunboat diplomacy” had helped usher in the Meiji’s rush to Westernize, it also set up a series of “unequal trade treaties,” similar to those forced upon China from the most powerful European nations.

The World Parliament of Religions—held in Chicago and organized at the beginning of America’s romance with eugenic thought only a decade before America would expand its empire to overseas territories—is an excellent context in which to understand Fenollosa’s Buddhism more generally. ”24 The Japanese delegates attending the parliament arrived from a nation already subordinated to the new American economic and military power in the Pacific Rim. While Commodore Perry’s “gunboat diplomacy” had helped usher in the Meiji’s rush to Westernize, it also set up a series of “unequal trade treaties,” similar to those forced upon China from the most powerful European nations.

25 The Hooden exhibit had two missions. 26 But in Social Darwinist terms, age does not equal vitality, and it can signal stagnation. 27 There is little doubt that this strategy was meant to signal to the rest of the world that Japanese art could not be reduced to historical artifacts (and therefore controlled 40╇ /╇ buddhist imaginaries as an “object” of knowledge within Western Orientalism), but rather that the cultural streams that produced the artifacts collected by Fenollosa and Okakura a decade earlier still animated contemporary Japanese art.

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