About Pete Kunze

I am currently a visiting assistant professor of communication at Tulane University. I hold a PhD in English and another PhD in Media Studies. I've edited books on Wes Anderson, Maurice Sendak, Australian cinema, and stand-up comedy. My book project is on the Disney Renaissance, looking at it through the lens of film and theatre. I feel especially well-trained and invested in new books in film and media history, film genres, authorship and auteurism, media industry studies, television studies, digital culture, and children's literature and culture.

Peter C. Kunze is a visiting assistant professor of communication at Tulane University.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Pete:

Raven Simone Maragh-Lloyd, "Black Networked Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age" (U California Press, 2024)

May 19, 2024

Black Networked Resistance

Raven Simone Maragh-Lloyd
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Black Networked Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age (U California Press, 2024)​ explores the creative range of Black digital user…

Douglas L. Reside, "Fixing the Musical: How Technologies Shaped the Broadway Repertory" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 15, 2024

Fixing the Musical

Douglas L. Reside
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Thousands of shows have opened on Broadway. Why do we remember some and not others?The musical theatre repertory is not composed of titles popular in …

Kristi Irene McKim, "Rushmore" (British Film Institute, 2023)

May 3, 2024


Kristi Irene McKim
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Earning critical acclaim and commercial success upon its 1998 release, Rushmore-the sophomore film of American auteur Wes Anderson-quickly gained the …

Tonia Sutherland, "Resurrecting the Black Body: Race and the Digital Afterlife" (U California Press, 2023)

March 22, 2024

Resurrecting the Black Body

Tonia Sutherland
Hosted by Pete Kunze

The first critical examination of death and remembrance in the digital age—and an invitation to imagine Black digital sovereignty in life and death. …

Eleanor Patterson, "Bootlegging the Airwaves: Alternative Histories of Radio and Television Distribution" (U Illinois Press, 2024)

March 12, 2024

Bootlegging the Airwaves

Eleanor Patterson
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Long before internet archives and the anytime, anywhere convenience of streaming, people collected, traded, and shared radio and television content vi…

David Savran, "Tell It to the World: The Broadway Musical Abroad" (Oxford UP, 2024)

March 11, 2024

Tell It to the World

David Savran
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Tell It to the World: The Broadway Musical Abroad (Oxford UP, 2024) offers a look at how the Broadway musical travels the world, influencing and even …

Justin Owen Rawlins, "Imagining the Method: Reception, Identity, and American Screen Performance" (U Texas Press, 2024)

March 3, 2024

Imagining the Method

Justin Owen Rawlins
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Only one performance style has dominated the lexicon of the casual moviegoer: “Method acting.” The first reception-based analysis of film acting, Imag…

Jesse David Fox, "Comedy Book: How Comedy Conquered Culture–and the Magic That Makes It Work" (FSG, 2023)

March 2, 2024

Comedy Book

Jesse David Fox
Hosted by Pete Kunze

In Comedy Book: How Comedy Conquered Culture–and the Magic That Makes It Work (FSG, 2023), Jesse David Fox—the country’s most definitive voice in come…

Eve Benhamou, "Contemporary Disney Animation: Genre, Gender and Hollywood" (Edinburgh UP, 2022)

February 27, 2024

Contemporary Disney Animation

Eve Benhamou
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Eve Benhamou's book Contemporary Disney Animation: Genre, Gender and Hollywood (Edinburgh UP, 2022) is the first in-depth study of Disney’s latest ani…

Courtney Brannon Donoghue, "The Value Gap: Female-Driven Films from Pitch to Premiere" (U Texas Press, 2023)

February 4, 2024

The Value Gap

Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Conversations about gender equity in the workplace accelerated in the 2010s, with debates inside Hollywood specifically pointing to broader systemic p…

Daniel Herbert, "Maverick Movies: New Line Cinema and the Transformation of American Film" (U California Press, 2023)

December 2, 2023

Maverick Movies

Daniel Herbert
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Daniel Herbert's book Maverick Movies: New Line Cinema and the Transformation of American Film (U California Press, 2023) tells the improbable story o…

Adrien Sebro, "Scratchin' and Survivin': Hustle Economics and the Black Sitcoms of Tandem Productions" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

November 14, 2023

Scratchin' and Survivin'

Adrien Sebro
Hosted by Pete Kunze

The 1970s was a golden age for representations of African American life on TV sitcoms: Sanford & Son, Good Times, The Jeffersons. Surprisingly, nearly…

Michele Meek, "Consent Culture and Teen Films: Adolescent Sexuality in US Movies" (Indiana UP, 2023)

July 17, 2023

Consent Culture and Teen Films

Michele Meek
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Teen films of the 1980s were notorious for treating consent as irrelevant, with scenes of boys spying in girls' locker rooms and tricking girls into s…

Helle Strandgaard Jensen, "Sesame Street: A Transnational History" (Oxford UP, 2023)

April 26, 2023

Sesame Street

Helle Strandgaard Jensen
Hosted by Pete Kunze

In Sesame Street: A Transnational History (Oxford UP, 2023), author Helle Strandgaard Jensen tells the story of how the American television show becam…

Ryan Donovan, "Broadway Bodies: A Critical History of Conformity" (Oxford UP, 2023)

March 7, 2023

Broadway Bodies

Ryan Donovan
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Broadway has body issues. What is a Broadway Body? Broadway has long preserved the ideology of the "Broadway Body": the hyper-fit, exceptionally able…

Sabrina Mittermeier, "Fan Phenomena: Disney" (Intellect Books, 2023)

January 13, 2023

Fan Phenomena: Disney

Sabrina Mittermeier
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Sabrina Mittermeier's edited volume Fan Phenomena: Disney (Intellect Books, 2023) analyzes the fandom of Disney brands across a variety of media inclu…

Jake S. Friedman, "The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation's Golden Age" (Chicago Review Press, 2022)

December 10, 2022

The Disney Revolt

Jake S. Friedman
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Soon after the birth of Mickey Mouse, one animator raised the Disney Studio far beyond Walt’s expectations. That animator also led a union war that al…

Matthew Crain, "Profit over Privacy: How Surveillance Advertising Conquered the Internet" (U Minnesota Press, 2021)

November 15, 2022

Profit over Privacy

Matthew Crain
Hosted by Pete Kunze

The contemporary internet's de facto business model is one of surveillance. Browser cookies follow us around the web, Amazon targets us with eerily pr…

Pamela Robertson Wojcik, "Gidget: Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise" (Routledge, 2022)

October 6, 2022


Pamela Robertson Wojcik
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Gidget: Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise (Routledge, 2022) examines the multiplicity of books, films, TV shows, and merchandise that make u…

Catherine Lester, "Horror Films for Children: Fear and Pleasure in American Cinema" (Bloomsbury, 2021)

September 23, 2022

Horror Films for Children

Catherine Lester
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Children and horror are often thought to be an incompatible meeting of audience and genre, beset by concerns that children will be corrupted or harmed…

Raúl Pérez, "The Souls of White Jokes: How Racist Humor Fuels White Supremacy" (Stanford UP, 2022)

September 19, 2022

The Souls of White Jokes

Raúl Pérez
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Having a "good" sense of humor generally means being able to take a joke without getting offended—laughing even at a taboo thought or at another's exp…