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

Patricia Pulham

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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
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017


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


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