Living Literature is a new series of events from the School of Advanced Study, University of London, bringing an iconic literary work to life by using research expertise to shape an audience’s experience.
Based on the model of immersive theatre, these immersive lectures will break down the barriers between audience and lecturer, and between audience and novel, by creating dynamic, participatory avenues for audiences to discover key ideas, themes, histories, and contexts. Moving beyond the idea of an audience passively listening to a single expert, these multidisciplinary, experiential, dynamic, educational experiences will immerse audiences in the world and ideas of the chosen author.
In 2016, the series launched with ‘Living Gatsby‘ and brought the world of New York in 1922 to life. Using the idea of the party as a medium for understanding ‘The Great Gatsby’, specialists offered expert guidance into the novel and its history and contexts.
For 2017, Living Literature focused on Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time‘, evoking the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Paris at the turn of the century in an immersive recreation of the belle époque.