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Joubin Receives the Martin Luther King Jr. Award

By | April 30, 2023

Alexa Alice Joubin received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, which recognizes Professor Joubin’s “contributions to social justice and inclusive excellence ” that exemplify “the ideals that Dr. King espoused,” particularly “community-based social justice organizing rooted in non-violence.” Read More

Joubin receives the bell hooks Legacy Award

By | April 10, 2023

Alexa Alice Joubin, a scholar of critical race theory, feminism, and transgender, performance, and film studies, was named the inaugural recipient of the bell hooks Legacy Award on April 7, 2023. The Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association (PCA / ACA) established the award to commemorate the late feminist writer and activist bell hooks (1952-2021) who has authored more than 30 books. Read More

Open-Access Textbook: Screening Shakespeare

By | August 21, 2022

We are pleased to announce the publication of MIT Global Shakespeares co-founder Alexa Alice Joubin’s Screening Shakespeare, a new, open-access, online textbook with interactive learning modules. You can learn about key concepts of film and adaptation studies. The openly-licensed book is free to all. You can learn about film theory, mise-en-scène, cinematography, sound and music, and adaptation strategies in the context of global Shakespeare. Read More

Veteran actor Lee Soon-jae performs King Lear

By | December 17, 2021

South Korean actor Lee Soon-jae has appeared on the small and big screen for over 60 years. In Fall 2021, Lee accepted the role of King Lear in a new production directed by Lee Hyon-u, English professor at Soon Chun Hyang University, vice president of the Shakespeare Association of Korea, and a longtime collaborator of the MIT Global Shakespeare Project. The script which was translated by Professor Lee remains faithful to William Shakespeare’s original play. However, actress Lee Yeon Hee played both Cordelia, Lear’s youngest daughter, and the Fool. In this play, Cordelia disguises herself as the Fool, traveling with Lear until she is able to bring the French army to her father’s aid. Read More

Turkish Shakespeares

By | April 28, 2021

Turkish Shakespeares launched on April 23, 2021 — William Shakespeare’s 405th birthday. The website aims to introduce texts, productions and research on Turkish Shakespeares to a broader international audience of students, teachers, and researchers. New content will be added every two weeks. Read More

“Shakespeare, Woolf, and Shake-shifting” Podcast

By | February 23, 2021

Diana Henderson, Arthur J. Conner Professor of Literature and MacVicar Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Co-editor of Shakespeare Studies, spoke in a recent podcast entitled Shakespeare, Woolf, and Shake-shifting, part of a series called Women and Shakespeare. She discussed “Virginia Woolf’s collaborations with Shakespeare, Shakespeare Films, adaptations and Shake-shifting, and collaborative models for the discipline.” Read More

66th Taormina Film Fest

By | September 16, 2020

The 66th Taormina Film Fest took place in Sicily July 11-19, 2020. The feature film Il Re Muore (The King Dies) directed by Laura Angiulli, founder and company director of Galleria Toledo, was selected for the “Feature Competition” of the festival. Read More

The Value of the Humanities

By | December 13, 2019

MIT Global Shakespeares founding co-director Alexa Alice Joubin was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the largest newspaper in the U.S. dedicated to covering colleges and universities (founded in 1966 and based in Washington, D.C.). Read More

TED Talk: Global Change through Shakespeare

By | October 23, 2019

Alexa Alice Joubin will be giving a TED-style plenary presentation on “Global Change through Shakespeare” during the Fulbright Association’s 42nd Annual Conference and Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., at 9:15 am on Saturday, October 26


When history is held hostage by politics, when human rights are violated, story-telling helps restore dignity to what it means to be human. When William Shakespeare’s plays move through different cultures, they reveal unexamined assumptions about human nature and tell surprising stories about globalization.
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The Double Bind of Ophelia

By | July 12, 2019

How does Ophelia become “unbound” through supralinguistic structures of spectacle and music especially in a transgender performance? With case studies of three Hamlet films: Haider (India, 2004), The King and the Clown (South Korea, 2005), and Prince of the Himalayas (Tibet, 2006), this article examines theatrical and cinematic presentations of Ophelia’s double bind as an icon and a victim. Read more in Alexa Alice Joubin’s new article on feminist and transgender performances of Ophelia. Read More