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American Politics | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Theatre and Performance Studies


In this opinion piece originally published in the New York Times, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner examines The Thing I Am (a contemporary rewrite of Coriolanus, as envisioned by Steve Bannon and Julia Jones) in the context of Shakespeare's original play. Pollack-Pelzner argues that Bannon's political playbook is evident in the script for The Thing I Am — namely, a violent macho conflict to purge corrupt leaders and pave the way for a new strongman to emerge.

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Daniel Pollack-Pelzner
Behold, Steve Bannon’s hip-hop Shakespeare rewrite: 'Coriolanus.'
New York Times, 2016-12-16



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