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POSTPONED: 2020 CALS/CCR Roundtable, American Dreams: Romance and Reality

When Mar 30, 2020
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Mann Assembly, Paterno Library
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In Alice McDermott’s National Book Award-winning novel Charming Billy (1998), second-generation Irish American cousins living in Queens, New York, inherit the dreams—and the American dream—of their immigrant parents. At a wake held in the 1980s for the title character Billy Lynch, a tight-knit community of mourners meditate on the romantic underpinnings of, and the darker lived realities often belying, hopes and dreams passed on from one generation to the next. In this roundtable discussion, three panelists will use McDermott’s novel as a touchstone for a broader discussion about how, why, and to what end immigrant dreams are passed on, taken up, and transposed across generations in American literature, history, and society.