We have waited too many years for a first-rate book on My So-Called Life
. Dear Angela
has made the wait worthwhile. Editors Michele Byers and David Lavery have gathered an excellent set of essayists who write on topics ranging from Barbara Bell's brilliant work on language to Kelli Maloy's piece on music to Jes Battis's “My So-Called Queer.” And of course Byers' and Lavery's own essays are lucid and moving. This book fills an important place in television scholarship; furthermore, fans of the show are sure to enjoy the thoughtful attention these writers pay to a worthy work of television. (Rhonda V. Wilcox, author of Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)Dear Angela
is a lively and vivid work that is sure to fascinate any reader interested in thinking about My So-Called Life
and its long-lasting cultural impact, which continues today. Anyone curious about teens and television will find this book to be absorbing. (Sherrie A. Inness, Professor of English, Miami University)
About the Author
Michele Byers is an associate professor at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. David Lavery holds a chair in film and television at Brunel University in London.