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.

     These openly-licensed learning modules introduce students to key concepts of film studies, such as mise-en-scène, sound and music, and characterization 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, or 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. She has recently received the Writing in the Disciplines Distinguished Assignment Design Award.

     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 students’ engagement in the humanities and humanities majors’ digital 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 covers four key aspects of filmmaking: formalism (film genre), mise- en-scène, cinematography (character-driven narrative), 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 project is co-designed by Alexa Alice JoubinSeth 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) and indirectly by the Online Course Development grant. These grants enabled us to create an openly licensed, open-access, online textbook with interactive learning modules.