Yifen Beus



Yifen Beus |Professor

Research Interests:
Dr. Beus' work is situated at the crossroad of cinema & literary studies, and like that of most comparatists, her intellectual identity rests within several disciplines & national literatures. Her fields of research interest include comparative literature, theatre & film studies, cultural studies, and inter-arts studies. Since coming to BYUH, she has been engaged in the following topics: modernity in visual culture, intertextuality and reflexivity in art and literature, cultural/national identity & globalization, and indigenous story-telling, covering Sinophone and Francophone areas studies. Her current research studies indigenous storytelling in Pacific narrative cinemas.


PhD, Comparative Literature, Indiana University
MA, Theatre & Film, Brigham Young University
BA, English, National Chengchi University 


Dr. Beus' teaching reflects the interdisciplinary nature of her training that cuts across different cultures, theories, mediums & genres. Courses she has taught include, Introduction to Film, Post-colonial Literature & Film, Women's Literature & Film, Cultures of Asia, Cultures of Europe, and Chinese language courses. She experiments with methodologies & upholds a Deleuzean open-ended teaching philosophy by encouraging & often requiring students to utilize a number of creative genres & formats in research & writing. Typical student assignments range from curatorial projects, art-making, ethnography, critical journal entries, to videos, creative fiction, & research papers to allow students to explore & examine different narrative voices, forms, & levels of authorial control & authority associated with different mediums and genres.  

Contact Information: MCK 185H 

Current Classes:

  • FILM 102: Introduction to Film  
  • ART/HUM 442: Philosophy of Art
  • ENGL 358R/FILM 365R: Special Studies in World Cinema
  • CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 311: Advanced Conversation