Epistolary sadomasochism in A. C. Swinburne’s Love’s Cross-Currents: A Year’s Letters

Patricia Pulham

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Abstract

Written in letter form, Love’s Cross-Currents: A Year’s Letters, A. C. Swinburne’s only completed novel, mimics the epistolary fiction of the eighteenth century. This article argues that Swinburne exploits this genre’s engagement with spectacles of suffering to afford his readers access to sadomasochistic pleasures.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0
Pages (from-to)141-157
Number of pages17
JournalMosaic
Volume50
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Swinburne
  • epistolary fiction
  • Victorian fiction
  • sado-masochism

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