THE ARCHITECTURE OF PLEASURE.

TheArchitectureOfPleasure[Book: Josephine Kane – 2013 – 18x25cm – 264 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Between 1906 and 1939, nearly 40 major amusement parks operated across Britain. Focusing on Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach, Margate’s Dreamland and Southend’s Kursaal, we examine the spatial and architectural form taken by rides and other buildings. The roller coaster – a defining symbol of the amusement park – is given particular focus, as is the extent to which discourses of class, gender and national identity were expressed through the design of these parks. Chapter Points: List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; A Fortune in a Thrill – The Rise of the Amusement Park 1900-1920; A Whirl of Wonders! – Technology, Machine Bodies and Moving Images; A Great Fun City – Crowds, Space and Time; Putting Order into Chaos – The Amusement Park 1920-1939; Shifting Modernities – Pleasure and Leisure at the Amusement Park; Conclusion – Modern Pleasures; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.