Ana Parejo Vadillo's "Another Renaissance: The Decadent Poetic Drama of A. C. Swinburne and Michael Field" makes a compelling case for the value of Swinburne's little-read Stuart plays and for the hidden centrality of "closet drama" to decadent and modernist literature more generally.
(42) Rooksby argues that "Swinburne challenged the sexual taboos of Victorian literature by writing poems not only about heterosexual love but lesbianism, hermaphroditism, necrophilia and sado-masochism" and, further, that the publication of Poems and Ballads made Swinburne "an international figurehead for sexual, religious and political radicalism." See Rooksby, A. C. Swinburne, pp.
(2) A notable exception is Nick Freeman's "Swinburne's Shakespeare: The Verbal Whirlwind?" in Yisrael Levin, A. C. Swinburne and the Singing Word: New Perspectives on the Mature Work (Burlington: Ashgate, 2010), pp.