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Published 1 October 2008 in Volume 23 No. 3. Subjects: Environmental conservation, Literary forms & genres, Natural environment - Literary portrayal.
Cite as: Robin, Libby. ‘The Eco-Humanities as Literature: A New Genre?.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 23, no. 3, 2008. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.fe22dcfb0a.
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