By BENJAMIN POORE
“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”, ran the tagline. Masterminded by Professor Sarah Churchwell, the Living Literature series aims to immerse people in the worlds of our favourite literary works – starting the week before last with The Great Gatsby. We were promised a party, and what we got was a relatively free-form evening of pop-up talks, displays, music, cocktails, silent film and costumes in the art-deco surroundings of the University of London’s Senate House in Bloomsbury. “This is not a lecture”, Sarah Churchwell declared from the grand staircase in the lobby, which was bathed in the slightly uncanny green glow that lingers throughout Scott Fitzgerald's novel. Dressing up was mandatory.