Hoi Cheu

Hoi Cheu

Director, MA in Humanities | Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
L-708, R.D. Parker Building Sudbury Campus


Early in his academic career, Dr. Cheu specialized in literary theory (esp. Poststructuralist and Marxist writings) and modernist literature (Ph.D. dissertation, Zen and the Art of James Joyce). An interest in bibliotherapy -- the use of literature as a tool for mental and physical well-being -- changed his research direction. Currently, he works on a variety of subjects in the framework of bibliotherapy, including feminist filmmaking and rhetoric of biblical narratives.  He also collaborates with various interdisciplinary healthcare research teams, working and publishing with researchers from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital, and the Centre for Rural and Northern Health. He directs the Laurentian Film Studio for Knowledge Communication.  His book, Cinematic Howling: Women’s Films, Women’s Film Theory (2007), was nominated for the Canadian Women’s Studies Association Book Prize. He is currently working his second book on the rhetoric of biblical writings in the bibliotherapy framework.


  • Ph.D. (Literary Theory, Western University)
  • M.A. (English Literature, University of Waterloo)
  •  B.A. (English Literature, University of Waterloo)

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Laurentian University


Current Team Research:

Bibliotherapy and Applied Literature

Multi-Year Tracking Study of the Students and Graduates of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Arts-Based Health Research (Toronto Sick Kids Hospital)

Current Book Project:

Biblical Narrative for Bibliotherapy

Literature in Action


  • Teaching Excellence (2011, Laurentian University)
  • MacIntosh Lecture Award (1997, Western University)


Science Writing

Literary and RhetoricalTheories (Kenneth Burke, Slavoj Žižek, Jacque Derrida)

Documentary Filmmaking

Feminist Cinema and Film Theory


Modern and Postmodern Literature (e.g. James Joyce, William Faulkner, Bernard Shaw, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson)


Selected Publications (from 1 Book, 4 chapters in book, 2 scholarly encyclopeida entries, 9 articles, 35 conference papers, 30 documentary films) -- Jan. 2018


“Stories as a Scientific Method in Arts-Based Health Research,” Journal for Applied Arts and Health.  Vol. 8, No. 2  2017, pp. 209-224.



Cinematic Howling: Women's Films, Women's Film Theories (UBC Press, 2007) http://canlit.ca/reviews/a_good_story_about_womens_films

Chapter in Book:

"We Choose to Read: Bibliotherapy and Memories of Loss," in Gwendolyn Broadmore (ed.) Life Came to a Stand Still: True Accounts of Loss, Love, and Hope.  Friesen Press, 2017, pp. 197-203.


Collaborative Research: The Making of the Northern Ontarion School of Medicine (McGill-Queen's, 2009)


Films for Research:

Truly and Humbly: Memories of the First Apology (2017)


The Rural Challenge and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (2015)


"The Journey Home: The Outdoor Adventure Leadership Experience" (2010)