Dear Angela: Remembering My So Called Life

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Edited by

Michele Byers and David Lavery

Lexington Books 2007

 

Introduction

Michele Byers

 

Overture

Chapter 1. Michele Byers (St. Mary's U): "Gender/Sexuality/Desire: Subversion of Difference and Construction of Loss in the Adolescent Drama My So Called Life." (St. Mary's U): "Gender/Sexuality/Desire: Subversion of Difference and Construction of Loss in the Adolescent Drama My So Called Life."

Chapter 2. Susan Murray (NYU): Saving Our So-Called Lives: Girl Fandom, Adolescent Subjectivity, and My So-Called Life

 

Media

Chapter 3. Andrew Coomes (Middle Tennessee State U): Timing is Everything: The Success of  Dawson’s Creek and the Failure of My So-Called Life

Chapter 4. Kelli Maloy (U of Pittsburgh at Greensburg): Their So-Called Scene: Uses of Popular Music in My So-Called Life

 

Characters & Themes

Chapter 5. Jes Battis (Simon Frazier U): My So-Called Queer:  Rickie Vasquez and the Performance of Teen Exile

Chapter 6. Nicholas Birns (New School): Jordan Catalano/Brian Krakow: Masculinity in the Alternative 90s

Chapter 7. Jolie Braun (U of California—Davis): Passing Notes and Passing Crushes – Writing Desire and Sexuality in My So-Called Life

Chapter 8. Deidre Dowling Price (Okaloosa-Walton College): “Whatever happens happens”: Infidelity In My So-Called Life

 

Literature

Chapter 9. Chris Brooks (Wichita State U): My So Called Magical Life: Magical Realism Joins the Chase(s)

Chapter 10. Barbara Bell: Holden Caulfield in Doc Martens: The Catcher in the Rye and My So-Called Life

 

Narrative

Chapter 11. Bill Kte’pi (Indiana U), One Of Those Fights Where It Feels Like The Fight's Having You: Subjectivity and the MSCL Narrative.

Chapter 12. Caryn Murphy (U of Wisconsin—Madison): “It Only Got Teenage Girls”: Narrative Strategies and the Realism of My So-Called Life

 

Coda

Chapter 13. David Diffrient (UCLA): My So-Called Life in the Balance: Metaphors of Mortality and Uncertainty in a Short-Lived Television Series

 

Afterword

David Lavery (Brunel University): "My So Called Life Meets The X-Files": Winnie Holzman's Influence on Joss Whedon

 

Appendices

Appendix 1. Character List

Appendix 2. Episode Guide

Appendix 3. Selected Bibliography