DISCUSSION: In context, we can see that Ellison was accusing his critics of wanting to keep the African-American art and European art separate, the very thing they were fighting against in society (African-Americans fought against segregation in the 1950s, when Ellison’s novel was published).
- What general tendency? Ellison had a specific point: his critics wanted African Americans to self-segregate their art from the broader culture.
- Ellison argued that authors from different communities didn’t necessary disagree on style and esthetics. Ellison found much to like in European novels.
- Huh? No one suggested Ellison himself felt isolated from his culture.
- No one mentioned the audience of the book. The whole passage is about the book itself.
- CORRECT. African-American critics expected Ellison to use only the styles of the African-American community. He argued that this was censorship and segregation.
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