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DeMott, Benjamin 1924-2005

Overview
Works: 69 works in 200 publications in 2 languages and 6,940 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Bildungsromans  Historical fiction  Essays  Graphic novels  Psychological fiction  Biography  History  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor
Classifications: PR6025.A86, 823.912
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Most widely held works about Benjamin DeMott
 
Most widely held works by Benjamin DeMott
Supergrow; essays and reports on imagination in America by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

21 editions published between 1940 and 2018 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Supergrow is a collection of fifteen essays that appeared between 1966 and 1969 in publications such as the American Scholar, the New York Times, Antioch Review, Esquire, and the Saturday Review. Author Benjamin DeMott discusses everything under the sun--music, improving one's sex life, violence in Mississippi, theater, student revolts--but a single theme unifies the material: people ought to use their imaginations more. The book starts from the assumption that our troubles stem from failures of the imagination. Overcome by mass media, we are often too oblivious to fresh and original ideas. As DeMott states, "àthe right use of the constructive imagination increases the effectiveness of our energies, enables people to anticipate moves and countermoves, prevents them from becoming frozen into postures of intransigence or martyrdom which, though possessing a æterrible beauty, ' have as their main consequence the stiffening of resistance and the slowing of change." Supergrow is a sociological and political critique of various aspects of everyday life in America, one informed by a powerful moral sensibility and an Emersonian sense of self-reliance. DeMott takes pop culture seriously, but exhibits a refreshing unwillingness to "go with the flow" and get caught up in fashionable intellectual fads. Graced with a new introduction by the author, Supergrow is an insightful work that is not afraid to tackle difficult subject matter. Whether discussing homosexuality, racism, popular music, or child rearing, Supergrow is well-reasoned, perceptive, and entertaining. As DeMott would hope, it will stimulate the imagination. "Devastating, sustained, profoundly witty, resounding."--New York Times Book Review "I didn't think it possible for a long time to come for any writer to say anything about black-and-white relations or lack of them that had freshness and pertinence. I was wrong."--Nat Hentoff, Village Voice Benjamin DeMott is an essayist, novelist, and journalist. He was professor of English at Amherst College, and a consultant and writer for National Educational Television. He is the author of The Body's Cage, Killer Blues: Why Americans Can't Think Straight about Gender and Power, and You Don't Say, available from Transaction."--Provided by publisher
The imperial middle : why Americans can't think straight about class by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book's theme is American fantasies about social class. Looking closely at how they infuse the stories our leaders and the media tell us about ourselves, Benjamin DeMott shows why these pervasive myths have brought our political institutions to a standstill in the face of contemporary social crises."-- Book jacket
The trouble with friendship : why Americans can't think straight about race by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this provocative, insightful, and sure to be controversial work, eminent social critic Benjamin DeMott shows how black and white neoconservatism, the rise of the black middle class, and the imagery and rhetoric of racial amity promulgated by contemporary media are coalescing into a whole new orthodoxy - one that obscures continuing racial inequity and threatens to halt the further progress of African Americans. DeMott examines a stunning range of cultural evidence - from Clinton oratory to popular cinema and television, to scapegoated welfare mothers, to some of today's most respected thinkers - to lay bear the thrust and assumptions of this new friendship orthodoxy, which maintains that racial problems can be solved simply by blacks and whites working together, one on one, to reconcile differences. DeMott argues that such an appealing perspective is dangerous because it is so blatantly ahistorical, because it turns a blind eye to entrenched poverty, because it ignores the racism still alive in the land, and because of its real consequences. It distorts the public debate and absolves the body politic from the hard work that the civil rights movement began and that remains unfinished
Surviving the 70's by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

13 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Killer woman blues : why Americans can't think straight about gender and power by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author examines the view that women feel they must act like men to succeed and how this behavior is reshaping American society
You don't say; studies of modern American inhibitions by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

5 editions published between 1966 and 2002 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of human bondage by W. Somerset Maugham( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip Carey, a handicapped orphan, is brought up by a clergyman, but Philip sheds his religious faith and begins to study art in Paris
Hells & benefits, a report on American minds, matters, & possibilities by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

6 editions published in 1962 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A married man by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

8 editions published between 1968 and 1971 in German and English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Junk politics : the trashing of the American mind : reports and essays by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Howards End by E. M Forster( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic novel explores the divisions of culture and class in late-Victorian England through the story of a disputed inheritance
The body's cage by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

3 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You don't say : modern American inhibitions by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this era of political correctness, it is often impossible to say things as one would like. Indeed, certain ways of feeling and talking that were once acceptable are now, in effect, forbidden. Of course, taboos extend further than speech. Social and sexual inhibitions are also evident. Benjamin DeMott argues that the very least a society should do is to try to understand the meaning of its own inhibitions. As he writes in this new edition of You Don't Say, "a supple awareness of the effective censorship of the day can toughen resistance to clich and stereotype, and is absolutely indispensable to the survival of sharp minds." At the center of You Don't Say is the proposition that the present age of personal liberation has created as many inhibitions as it has abolished. Some of our new-found freedoms could be employed with a sharper sense of tact. And some freedoms we have lost are worth remembering-or even recovering. In the essays that comprise You Don't Say DeMott reflects on the use of language, how modern man has claimed to be free of repression though the opposite is true, and how people who object to certain types of language and prefer verbal ambiguity do so possibly to assert their moral dignity and intelligence. The book is full of sharp observations, witty commentary, and empathetic description of the contemporary social and cultural scene. In an essay entitled "The Anatomy of Playboy," DeMott correlates the magazine's popularity with its reductionist tendencies: the world becomes reduced to the realities of sexual need and deprivation. In "The Passionate Mutes," the author reflects on the changing language of the greeting card throughout the years. "Dirty Words?" is a meditation on language itself, and on how mastery of the word was at one time a key to power. And in "Oyiemu-O?" DeMott considers the writing of "native" African and Indian authors in an age during which the colonialist viewpoint was considered authoritative. The author's new introduction discusses the essays in their historical context and how they are relevant to the present day, and describes how the book came into being. "[A] book distinguished by its beauty as by its wisdom for-although we may feel the pressure of inhibition against admitting it-intellectual courage can be as beautiful as bodies swayed to music. The intelligence of hope can be as passionate as sexual hunger."--New York Times Book Review Benjamin DeMott is an essayist, novelist, and journalist. He was professor of English at Amherst College, and a consultant and writer for National Education Television. He is the author of The Body's Cage, Hells & Benefits, a collection of essays, and Killer Woman Blues: Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Gender and Power."--Provided by publisher
Close imagining : an introduction to literature by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best American short stories, 1954 : and the yearbook of the American short story by Martha Foley( Book )

1 edition published in 1954 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The business self : the recovery of public esteem by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Created equal : reading and writing about class in America by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hazard of new fortunes by William Dean Howells( Book )

13 editions published between 1965 and 1994 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of an ambitious German family in New York
Junk politics : what it means, why it sells, how it grew ; reports and essays by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Editor's notes to accompany Close imagining, an introduction to literature by Benjamin DeMott( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Killer woman blues : why Americans can't think straight about gender and power
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The trouble with friendship : why Americans can't think straight about raceKiller woman blues : why Americans can't think straight about gender and powerYou don't say; studies of modern American inhibitionsOf human bondageJunk politics : the trashing of the American mind : reports and essaysHowards EndYou don't say : modern American inhibitionsA hazard of new fortunesJunk politics : what it means, why it sells, how it grew ; reports and essays
Alternative Names
Benjamin DeMott American writer

Benjamin DeMott Amerikaans auteur (1924-2005)

Benjamin DeMott escriptor estatunidenc

Benjamin DeMott escritor estadounidense

Benjamin DeMott US-amerikanischer Autor, Kulturkritiker und Professor

Mott, Benjamin De

Mott, Benjamin de 1924-2005

Languages
English (131)

German (5)