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# OG_VPR # 20 James W. Coleman’s book on John Edgar Wideman’s

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OG_VPR # 20 James W. Coleman’s book on John Edgar Wideman’s [#permalink]  25 Oct 2016, 06:55
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James W. Coleman’s book on John Edgar Wideman’s literary career addresses the needs of a general, if well-read, public rather than the esoteric vanities of scholarly special-ists, whom he neither ignores nor flatters. To assume the former audience was familiar with every work Wideman ever penned would have been pretentious. Instead, Cole- man furnishes more than ample descriptive criticism and background information, avoiding the cryptic allusiveness that is favored by some academic critics but that discourages the undergraduate audience he likely envisioned. Unfortunately, this accent on bringing serious Wideman criticism to a broader audience often frustrates the reader who wishes that announced themes, techniques, and stylistic devices would not whisk by as quickly as world capitals on a seven-day package tour of the globe.

The reference to “a seven-day package tour of the globe” is most likely meant to suggest a treatment that is

A ) inclusive

B) cursory

C) focused

F) substantial

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B

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Re: OG_VPR # 20 James W. Coleman’s book on John Edgar Wideman’s [#permalink]  25 Oct 2016, 06:55
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Choice B is correct. The phrase occurs in the last sentence of the passage; this sentence claims that Coleman’s narrative progresses too fast, and the analogy with the “seven-day package tour of the globe” is meant to emphasize the fact that Coleman does not spend enough time on describing important aspects of Wideman’s work. Therefore the correct answer choice is “cursory.”
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