Research interests: Early Scandinavian literature and culture. Old Icelandic language. Film history and theory (also through the Rhetoric Department). Emphasis in both medieval and film fields has been on social-historical topics (especially sex/gender and law) and narrative history and theory (especially issues of orality/literacy and genre).
Current projects: Present research includes work on legal process and narrative in both its film and its saga manifestations. Her book-in-progress, The People’s Plot: Trials, Movies, and the Adversarial Imagination, will be published by Princeton University Press. She is also doing research into the legal origins of Icelandic saga narrative.
Professor Clover is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University, Sweden as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Iceland. She is also the recipient of the UC Berkeley Distinguished Service Award.
Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton Univ. Press and British Film Institute, 1992. Reissued as a Princeton Classic, 2014.
Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide. Ed. with John Lindow. Cornell Univ. Press, 1985. Rpt. University of Toronto Press, 2005.
The Medieval Saga. Cornell Univ. Press, 1982.