Issue number six

Welcome to our sixth issue of the brightONLINE literary and creative online journal. We have no special theme for this issue, simply our selection of the best work we have received since our call for papers at the end of summer term.

We hope you enjoy reading the work.

Articles from our latest edition.

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How do Women Writers challenge Male-centred Language?

A critical analysis of the exploitation of the societal construct of childhood in horror texts, novels by W. Golding, R. Bradbury and S. King.

This dissertation addresses the importance of the horror genre in literature, focusing on the use of childhood in particular. It uses theories by Stephen King, Gina Wisker and Adam Hochschild to investigate the genre of horror. Moreover, psychological theories from Julian Hanich and Sigmund Freud aid the study’s approach to childhood and psychological horror.

Mary Peake


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In Those Eyes

Jonathan Stewart's 'In Those Eyes' charts the relationship between confident eighteen year-old Callum and middle-aged Chris, who becomes his lover.

Jonathan Stewart's 'In Those Eyes' charts the relationship between confident eighteen year-old Callum and middle-aged Chris, who becomes his lover. In the accompanying commentary Stewart explores the creative process behind the play, and notes the influence of texts as diverse as Much Ado About Nothing and Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. I.

Jonathan Stewart


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Lara Croft – Pixelated Object or Feminist Gaming Icon?

In this essay Jade Avis analyses the role the character Lara Croft has had to play in the representation of women in the media.

In this essay Jade Avis provides an insightful and thorough analysis of the role the character Lara Croft has had to play in the representation of women in the media. This extensive study takes into account LC’s part as a protagonist not only in the video games of her origin, but in the adaptations made for film, and made by fans.

Jade Avis


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London Victoria to Brighton

Emily Duke's 'London Victoria to Brighton' follows a set of characters on their titular journey between cities.

Emily Duke's 'London Victoria to Brighton' follows a set of characters on their titular journey between cities, as they dream, reminisce, and check each other out. Romances wax and wane and are reflected upon. Moments are shared, poignant or otherwise. From station to station, Duke's lyrical, confident prose gives the train and its occupants life.

Emily Duke


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Nabokov's Rhetorical Strategies in Lolita

In this essay, Valerie Meessen makes the reader question just what it is we think of ‘Humble Humbert’ in Nabokov’s novel ‘Lolita.

In this essay, which delves deep into the narration of Nabokov’s novel ‘Lolita’, Valerie Meessen makes the reader question just what it is we think of ‘Humble Humbert’ and why any sympathy is felt towards him. Meessen suggests this is a result of his clever story-telling and omission of other peoples’ feelings throughout the novel.

Valerie Meessen


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Of Rears and Vices: Queering Jane Austen

In this essay Jane White considers how the rhetorical content of Jane Austen's novels challenges nineteenth-century ideas of relationships and gender.

In this essay Jane White considers how the rhetorical content of Jane Austen's novels challenges nineteenth-century ideas of relationships and gender. The critical commentary applies Kenneth Burke's theories of rhetoric to Austen's writing, and notes the numerous difficulties women and women authors faced in the nineteenth century.

Jane White


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Poetry Is

‘Poetry is’ is a portfolio of poems written by Rosie Hess, detailing certain moments throughout the narrator’s life.

‘Poetry is’ is a portfolio of poems written by Rosie Hess, detailing certain moments throughout the narrator’s life. They centre upon a person experiencing separation and longing for their significant other; some of these are apologies, others are confessions. Some are simply reminiscing times gone past. These are interspersed by poems about little things the narrator enjoys or has thought about.

Rosie Hess


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Unachievable Masculinity in Marguerite Duras’s The Lover

This essay explores the actions and motivations of the young girl in Maguerite Duras’s The Lover and its film adaptation by Jean-Jacques Annaud,

In this essay Nanni Mann embarks on an in-depth exploration of the actions and motivations of the young girl in Maguerite Duras’s The Lover and its film adaptation by Jean-Jacques Annaud, attaching these to theories of masculinity. Mann adeptly combines autonomous analysis with existing theories to provide a study which confidently handles often complex and difficult issues.

Nanni Mann