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Published 1 May 1991 in Volume 15 No. 1. Subjects: Landscape & identity, Nostalgia, Place & identity.
Cite as: Leer, Martin. ‘Mal du Pays: Symbolic Geography in the Work of Randolph Stow.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, 1991. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.487c6e32e8.
In this essay, both an obituary and a critical overview of Stow’s work, Leer aims to ‘honour the single soul who was Randolph Stow - and explore how the idea of the single soul informs his writing’ (p.2).
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