Date of Award
Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)
This paper considers the revisionist work Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2009 by Seth Grahame-Smith and its implications for contemporary or Third Wave feminism. It argues that the changes made to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice 1813 by Grahame-Smith to include zombies and significant marital arts training for young women transform a pre-feminist work into a contemporary feminist work focused on individual empowerment and choice. This assertion is supported through extensive textual reference from Grahame-Smith's novel. The philosophy of Third Wave feminism is first examined in order to provide a clear framework and definition for this critique. Pride and Prejudice is briefly reviewed as a proto-feminist work in order to compare the original novel to the adaptation. To further define the impact and contributions of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, feminism and the roles of women in other works of horror are discussed along with a brief examination of the use of zombies in contemporary media as social commentary.
Copyright 2010 Alondra Rogers
Rogers, Alondra, "Brides of Death, or How Zombies Brought Feminism to Pre-Victorian Women in Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (2010). Master of Liberal Studies Research Papers. 13.