Beyond platitudes

Contemporary resonances in Randolph Stow’s oeuvre
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May 2021, no. 431
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Randolph Stow: Critical essays edited by Kate Leah Rendell

UWA Publishing, $29.99 pb, 248 pp

Beyond platitudes

Contemporary resonances in Randolph Stow’s oeuvre
by
May 2021, no. 431

‘Land isn’t always meant to be grasped any more than art is, or dust,’ writes Michael Farrell in the arresting opening sentence of the first essay of Kate Leah Rendell’s Randolph Stow: Critical essays. Stow’s writing shows just how provisional meaning and territoriality can be, and the statement is a fitting beginning to a new book about his work.

Randolph Stow (1935–2010) is a particularly interesting writer, especially for his time and place: historically aware, generically expansive and predictive of much later Australian writing. His work has become more accessible, too, with the publication of Suzanne Falkiner’s biography Mick: A life of Randolph Stow (2016), with the Text Classics reissues of some of his novels with astute contemporary critical introductions, and with The Land’s Meaning (2012), John Kinsella’s expertly introduced selection of Stow’s poetry. Randolph Stow: Critical essays provides thirteen responses to Stow’s life, poetry, and fiction.

Brenda Walker reviews 'Randolph Stow: Critical essays' edited by Kate Leah Rendell

Randolph Stow: Critical essays

edited by Kate Leah Rendell

UWA Publishing, $29.99 pb, 248 pp

Buy this book

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