Welcome to the brightONLINE student literary creative journal.

BrightONLINE is a journal for undergraduate and postgraduate student writing, edited and driven by literature undergraduate students at the University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities. This is an online academic and creative literary journal, and issues will include outstanding articles and contributions from students within our university.

Our student editorial team shall select and publish the works that are felt to be of literary worth; with the aim of both inspiring fellow students and providing a platform for those who wish to take the first steps into professional or academic writing. We aim to develop an online archive of student writing of the highest calibre.

To approach the brightONLINE team with proposals or questions about this project or forthcoming issues please use the about/contact us and the submission details pages below.

Editors' choice

A selection of articles from our latest issue.

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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



Image for a portfolio of creative writing by a University of Brighton student which explores the development of their poetry.

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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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



Image for an essay written by a University of Brighton student which explores subversive ideas of gender and relationships in the work of Jane Austen.

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