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Corridors - Laurie Taylor explores their evolution and changing nature, from prisons to country houses, and the way in which they've been depicted in popular culture.

Corridors: We spend our lives moving through hallways and corridors, yet these channelling spaces do not feature in architectural histories. They are overlooked and undervalued. Laurie talks to Roger Luckhurst, Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, whose new book charts the origins and meaning of the corridor, from country houses and utopian communities in the eighteenth centuries, through reformist Victorian prisons to the "corridors of power," as well as their often fearful depiction in popular culture. They’re joined by Kate Marshall, Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and author of a study of the intriguing place of the corridor in modernist literature.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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Rachel Hurdley, The Power of Corridors: connecting doors, mobilising materials, plotting openness, (published in The Sociological Review, 2010)

Roger Luckhurst, Corridors - Passages of Modernity, (Reaktion Books, 2019)

Rachel Marshall, Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) 


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