Carol Clover

Professor Emerita

Film and Scandinavian

PhD, UC Berkeley

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Research Interests

Early Northern Europe (Scandinavia, Anglo-Saxon England, northern Continent), sagas of early Iceland, narrative prose, the borders between pagan/Christian and oral/literate, gender, film

On the Medieval side, Clover has published two books and a number of articles on the history and culture of Early Northern Europe (Scandinavia, Anglo-Saxon England, northern Continent). Her interests here range from the origins of narrative prose, the borders between pagan/Christian and oral/literate, and understandings of gender. She is currently researching the role of procedural law and of specific trials in the rise of the prose sagas of early Iceland.

On the Film side, she is working on a book on the relation between the Anglo-American trial and Anglo-American narrative entertainment ("The People’s Plot: Film and the Adversarial Imagination") and the difference of that trial and that entertainment system from those of Continental Europe. Clover has taught courses on film theory, film and law, and film genres (horror, film noir, courtroom drama).




Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (Princeton Univ. Press, 1992; British Film Institute, 1992);


Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide (Cornell Univ. Press, 1985). Ed. with John Lindow.


The Medieval Saga (Cornell Univ. Press, 1982).


Research Articles


"The Same Thing–Sort Of," Representations, 100 (2007).


"Movie Juries," De Paul Law Review, 48 (1998).


"’God Bless Juries!’" in Reconfiguring American Film Genres: History and Theory (Univ. of California Press, 1998).


"Law and the Order of Popular Culture" in Law in the Domains of Culture (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1998).


"Judging Audiences: The Trial Movie" in Film Studies, ed. Christine Gledhill and Linda Williams (Arnold, 1998).


"Dancin’ in the Rain," Critical Inquiry, 21 (1995).


"The Eye of Horror" in Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995).


"Regardless of Sex: Men, Women, and Power in Early Northern Europe," Speculum: Journal of the Medieval Academy of America, 68 (1993).


"The Politics of Scarcity: On the Sex Ratio in Early Scandinavia" in Values and Society [special issue of Scandinavian Studies, 60 (1991)].


"Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film," Representations, 20 (1987).


"Hildigunnr’s Lament: Women in Bloodfeud" in Structure and Meaning in Old Norse Literature (Odense Univ. Press, 1987).


"The Long Prose Form," Arkiv för nordisk filologi, 101 (1986): 10-39.