Swinburne's Subversions of the Hellenic Code" (Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens 78 [Autumn 2013]) focuses on Swinburne's artful exploitation of the ambivalent status of Hellenism in nineteenth century culture, its capacity to signify both scholasticism and obscenity; "Poetic Podophilia
: Gautier, Baudelaire, Swinburne and Classical Foot Fetishism" (Journal of Victorian Culture 20.2 : 212-229) elucidates the classical and French origins of the eroticized foot imagery in Swinburne's poetry and suggests how his work may be read as part of a literary genealogy of Sigmund Freud's concept of the fetish.
Back after a five-year absence, Araki's bracing new feature--adapted from Scott Helm's 1995 novel--enters into the kind of dark teen territory chartered by Larry Clark and examines podophilia
with as much audacity as Michael Cuesta's "L.I.E." or Todd Solondz's "Happiness."