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Tim Lanzendörfer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496819062

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496819062.001.0001

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“So Many Unmentionables About”

“So Many Unmentionables About”

Parody, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the Politics of Mash-up Fiction

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Books of the Dead

Tim Lanzendörfer

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequels. It suggests that critical disdain of mashup fiction to the contrary, the three novels deserve close attention to the things they do, and to foreground their work as parody. In engaging their original text’s complicated relation to race, class, and gender issues, they act directly on Jane Austen’s fiction; but at the same time, they also foreground the limits of the contemporary engagement with Austen. What the novels do is reflect simultaneously on the historical Austen text, the reception of Austen, and the contemporary moment’s systemic exclusions and violences.

Keywords:   Mashup fiction, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Parody, Race, Class

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