1918 and After: Brave or Bad New World
Sunday 7th October 2018 - Starts 3pm
TICKET PRICE: £8
An illustrated talk by Professor Norman Vance (pictured.)
It was the best of times and the worst of times. The war had ended and new initiatives were in the air: a league of nations, a new understanding of psychosis and psychiatric medicine, new technologies and new ways of seeing and writing. New opportunities were dawning for women, with a realistic prospect at last of better professional and political recognition.
On the other hand, faith in God and faith in human nature would never be the same again: millions lay dead and more were still to die in Ireland, eastern Europe and elsewhere; millions who had survived were maimed in mind and body.
Drawing on research on some of those who were there, this talk will attempt to survey the confusions and contradictions of 1918 and the implications for art and letters.
Norman Vance is Emeritus Professor (English), based at the Centre for Intellectual History at the University of Sussex.
The event runs from 3 – 5pm