Fierce Imaginings - The Great War: Symbol, Memory and God



The Great War was a cultural, theological and, of course, human catastrophe. Such was its impact on British public and private life that it has set the tone for rituals of remembrance, war poetry and ideas about ‘cultural memory’ ever since.

Using her new book (of the same title) as a guide, Rachel Mann’s course will explore the way the Great War is with us still, as well as the place of war in Christian, feminist and liberal thinking. Drawing on poetry, history, family memoir and the iconography of remembrance, this course aims to offer an opportunity to examine the Great War’s lasting impact on British and European identities in the shadow of the Brexit Referendum.

Rachel Mann has worked as Teaching Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Lancaster University and holds qualifications in Theology and Creative Writing / English Literature. She began writing poetry, liturgy and short stories in the late nineties and has also written feminist liturgical theology, cultural history and is a regular contributor to the Church Times. Rachel has published two books, Dazzling Darkness and The Risen Dust as well as contributing to many others.

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Residential prices start from £215, non-residential from £150. Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

For more information or to book, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.