Teaching and 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
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.
Books: (Click to purchase @
Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern
Horror Film. Princeton Univ.
Press and British Film Institute, 1992.
Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide.
Ed. with John Lindow. Cornell Univ. Press, 1985
-- Reprint University of Toronto Press, 2005.
Medieval Saga. Cornell Univ.
"Composing Facts: Evidence and Narrative in Njáls Saga." News from Other Worlds, ed. Merrill Kaplan and Timothy R. Tangherlini. Wildcat Canyon Advanced Seminars Occasional Papers, 1 (2012).
"Dancin' in the Rain." Critical Inquiry
"Regardless of Sex: Men, Women, and Power in
Early Northern Europe." Speculum: Journal
of the Medieval Academy of America, 68 (1993).
Rpt. in Studying Medieval Women: Sex, Gender,
Feminism. Medieval Academy of America, 1993;
Rpt. in Representations 44 (1993).
"The Politics of Scarcity: On the Sex Ratio
in Early Scandinavia." Scandinavian Studies
60 (1991). Rpt. in New Readings on Women
in Old English Literature. Ed. Helen Damico
and Alexandra Hennessey Olsen. Indiana Univ.
"Hildigunnr's Lament: Women in Bloodfeud." Structure
and Meaning. Ed. Gerd Wolfgang Weber, et
al. Odense Univ. Press, 1987.
"The Long Prose Form." Arkiv för nordisk
filologi 101 (1986).
"The Germanic Context of the Unferth Episode,"
Speculum 55 (1980).