First Advisor

Palmer, Daryl

Reader

Hicks, David

College

Regis College

Degree Name

BA

School

Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

57 pages

Abstract

In 2009, 196 years after Pride and Prejudice was originally published, Seth Grahame-Smith combined Austen's original text with a description of a zombie attack. This re-envisioning of the classic has enjoyed its own pop-culture success. Past the apparent quirky charm of the zombie addition to Longbourn, the success of the combination offers insight into the ways in which Austen's writing is relevant to contemporary readers. Zombies, in cinema as well as literature, represent more than reanimated corpses; they are metaphors for social tension, the struggle for power, and radical shifts in culture. The addition of zombies, while not undermining it does unsettle the integrity of Austen's original work. The tropes and conventions of zombie horror as a genre highlight Austen's concern with social and cultural structures, how those structures change and the subtlety of relationships that are as pertinent now as they were in her lifetime.

Date of Award

Spring 2010

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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