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Rachel Griffis, Speaker

Assistant professor of language and literature at Sterling College

Willa Cather's Prairie

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Willa Cather’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel O! Pioneers speak to the themes of individualism and self-destruction played out in two distinctly strong main characters. But from there, the two protagonists diverge. One finds rural life outdated; the other embraces it. Using “Jay” and “Alexandra” as guides, this talk explores the value of rural life and the way it is often portrayed as lesser-than. 

Contact Rachel directly about speaking at your event:
(620) 278-4326

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