The Pleasantville Effect: Nostalgia and the Visual Framing of (White) Suburbia

  title={The Pleasantville Effect: Nostalgia and the Visual Framing of (White) Suburbia},
  author={Greg M. Dickinson},
  journal={Western Journal of Communication},
  pages={212 - 233}
  • G. Dickinson
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Art, History
  • Western Journal of Communication
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