1st Edition

The World of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood





ISBN 9780367888596
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
108 Pages

USD $21.95

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Book Description

Unlike many children’s television shows, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood did more than simply entertain or occupy children’s attention. The show educated them in the affective domain, encouraging such things as appreciation for difference, collaboration, self-expression, and self-worth. It also introduced them to the areas of culture, art, and music through guests, trips, art objects and processes, and demonstrations, making it accessible and meaningful in a way that a child could understand. While the educational content of children’s television programming has improved greatly since the late 1960s, no other children’s program has ever attempted such a mix of high art, low art, folk art, industrial production, learning in the affective and social domains, and more, all with a whimsical sense of humor, insight, and a level of interconnected detail unmatched by any other children’s television program. This book illuminates and examines the world of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood through world design, narrative, genre, form, content, authorship, reception and more.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Welcome to the Neighborhood



Early Children’s Television



A Typical Day in the Neighborhood



Visual Style and Performance Style



Serious Play and Playful Seriousness





Chapter 2. A History of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood



Rogers’ Early Career



From Misterogers to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood



The Post-Hiatus Years





Chapter 3. The Neighborhoods: Interconnected Spaces and Places



The "Real" Neighborhoods: Pittsburgh and the Television Neighborhood



The Neighborhood of Make-Believe and Surrounding Areas



World-building and Intertextual References





Chapter 4. The Neighbors: A Diverse Sociological and Ontological Spectrum



Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and More



A Diverse Ontological Spectrum



A Neighbor Just Like You: Interpersonal Conflict and Resolution





Chapter 5. "And I’ll Have More Ideas for You": Ideology and the Neighborhood



Slowness, Silence, and Reflection



Finding the Value in Others



Freshness of Vision: Through the Eyes of a Child





Chapter 6. Mister Rogers’ Legacy



Projects Concurrent with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood



After the Neighborhood





List of Episodes





Resources





Notes



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Biography



Mark J. P. Wolf is a Full Professor and Department Chair of the Communication Department at Concordia University, Wisconsin. His books include Abstracting Reality, The Medium of the Video Game, Virtual Morality, The Video Game Explosion, Myst and Riven: The World of the D'ni, Before the Crash, Encyclopedia of Video Games, Building Imaginary Worlds, The LEGO Studies Reader, and Video Games Around the World. With Bernard Perron, he is the co-editor of The Video Game Theory Reader 1 and 2, and the Landmark Video Game book series.