How to Use This Textbook     

     Welcome to Screening Shakespeare, an open-access textbook written by Alexa Alice Joubin

  • Click any of the thematic “tiles” on the homepage to access the contents in a non-linear fashion.
  • You may also use the drop-down menu as a more linear “table of contents” to replicate the experience of leafing through a codex book.
  • Don’t know where to start? Try “What Is a Film?here.
  • You are more than welcome to cite this book. Here is the bibliographic information:      Alexa Alice Joubin, Screening Shakespeare, an open-access interactive textbook, Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, 2022, https://screenshakespeare.org/

     This website is designed with the principle of equitable redundancy and multimodal access, providing multiple, curated and self-guided, pathways to the contents. These openly-licensed learning modules cover key concepts of film studies, such as mise-en-scènecinematographysound and music, and film theory

     You are cordially invited to “roam around” and chart your own path through the lesson units (presented as “tiles”) which are designed to be read in any order. All the units cross-reference one another. If you do not understand a particular concept, pause your engagement with the unit and take a look at the tile that explains that concept. You can then return to and continue with the current tile. 

About This Project

Openly-licensed learning modules introduce students to key concepts of film and Shakespeare studies.

     Welcome to Screening Shakespeare, an open-access web-based textbook designed by Alexa Alice Joubin.

     The openly-licensed learning modules in this Open Educational Resources (OER) introduce students to key concepts of film studies, such as mise-en-scène, cinematography, sound and music, and film theory within the context of film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays.

     This website is designed with the principle of multimodal access. There are multiple pathways to the contents with plenty of cross-references.

     Click one of the thematic “tiles” on the homepage to access the contents in a non-linear fashion.

     Students can also navigate this site, in a more traditional manner, by way of drop-down menus that replicate the experience of leafing through a codex book.

     An award-winning teacher, Alexa has been recognized recently by George Washington University’s Trachtenberg Research Award, an honor established by the President Emeritus, as well as the Writing in the Disciplines Distinguished Assignment Design Award. Writing-in-the-Disciplines courses help students develop a robust writing practice throughout their academic careers, starting with intensive attention to writing in a specific topic area. 

     Her goal is to ensure equal access to knowledge and to further our understanding race and gender on screen. At George Washington University, she co-founded the Digital Humanities Institute to foster a new campus culture that increases STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students’ engagement in the humanities and humanities majors’ digital and visual literacy. She teaches in the Departments of English, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theatre, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Pedagogical Principles

Through the study of film adaptations, we learn the art of storytelling while listening for silenced voices in narratives.

     Storytelling makes us human, because it helps us understand the human condition in different contexts. Through the study of film adaptations, we learn the art of storytelling while listening for silenced voices in narratives.

     Screening Shakespeare, designed with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design principles, covers four key aspects of filmmaking: film theory, mise-en-scène, cinematography, and sound and music. It draws on film adaptations of Shakespeare as case studies to explain these concepts, beginning with formal and cultural analysis of film as a medium.

     Alexa Alice Joubin’s short lecture videos, along with ample short clips and film stills, enhance each learning unit. Screening Shakespeare, as a companion website, offers textual and audio/visual materials to enhance understanding of film as an art form and film adaptations of Shakespeare. 

     This website is not intended to be a stand-alone online course. This online resource, when used in college courses, brings to life many aspects of filmmaking that audiences tend to overlook.

Funding and Credit

     This open-access textbook is written by Alexa Alice Joubin, and co-designed by Joubin, Seth Blackburn, and Aasish Kumar Immadisetty, in consultation with instructional designers Cirstabel Ocasio Ilarraza and Noah Bickford of the George Washington University’s Instructional Core, a team within the Libraries and Academic Innovation.

     This website is supported directly by the George Washington University Adapting Course Materials for Equity Faculty Grant (news story) in 2022 and indirectly by the Online Course Development grant in 2021, GW Digital Humanities Institute, and GW Coders. These grants and teams enabled us to create an openly licensed, open-access, online textbook with interactive learning modules.