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. 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.