Farm Novel or Station Romance? The Geraldton Novels of Randolph Stow

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Critical interpretations of Randolph Stow's works have been inclined to see them as studies of alienation. This essay addresses the material basis for the novels that Stow set in the Geraldton hinterland, namely A Haunted Land (1956), The Bystander (1957), and Merry-Go-Round in the Sea (1965). Against the metaphysical and postcolonial readings of Stow's work, this essay posits an alienation that stems from a change in agricultural mode from pastoral to farming.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJASAL. Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Volume1
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2018

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