• The growing number of zombie narratives across diverse media indicate a revival of the zombie
    genre in the early twenty-first century, in particular in the United States. These narratives deal with
    not only the fight for survival but also with the consequences of the global zombie outbreak as in
    Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 zombie mash-up novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Adhering
    closely to the plot of Austen’s 1813 novel, Grahame-Smith nevertheless transforms early 19thcentury
    England into a place menaced by a plague of the undead where the five Bennet sisters are
    accomplished martial arts warriors and Fitzwilliam Darcy is a monster-hunter possessing superior
    Oriental fighting skills. It is clear that both literary and filmic rewritings of Jane Austen’s canonical
    work, Pride and Prejudice (1813) still find large and enthusiastic audiences: Grahame-Smith’s book
    immediately became a New York Times bestseller, with more than 700,000 copies sold worldwide
    while the film rights were quickly acquired by Hollywood. Director Burr Steers, who also wrote the
    screenplay of the post-apocalyptic Pride and Prejudice + Zombies (2016), inserts a prologue and a
    final zombie attack into the narrative and yet, as this paper argues, successfully preserves the
    essence of the story as well as the formal elements of theme, characterization, style, and tone from
    the Graham-Smith novel.