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



Randolph Stow, farm novel, rural fiction


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.

Author Biography

Tony Hughes-d'Aeth, The University of Western Australia

English and Literary Studies


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