American Studies
American Studies

New Book By UT AMS Graduate Dr. Benjamin D. Lisle

Thu, July 6, 2017
New Book By UT AMS Graduate Dr. Benjamin D. Lisle

Please join us in congratulating UT AMS PhD Benjamin D. Lisle ('10) on the release of his book Modern Colieseum: Stadiums and American Culture. According to The University of Pennsylvanie Press:

"In Modern Coliseum, Benjamin D. Lisle tracks changes in stadium design and culture since World War II. These engineered marvels channeled postwar national ambitions while replacing aging ballparks typically embedded in dense urban settings. They were stadiums designed for the "affluent society"—brightly colored, technologically expressive, and geared to the car-driving, consumerist suburbanite. The modern stadium thus redefined one of the city's more rambunctious and diverse public spaces.

Modern Coliseum offers a cultural history of this iconic but overlooked architectural form. Lisle grounds his analysis in extensive research among the archives of teams, owners, architects, and cities, examining how design, construction, and operational choices were made. Through this approach, we see modernism on the ground, as it was imagined, designed, built, and experienced as both an architectural and a social phenomenon. With Lisle's compelling analysis supplemented by over seventy-five images documenting the transformation of the American stadium over time, Modern Coliseum will be of interest to a variety of readers, from urban and architectural historians to sports fans."

 

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