Karin Sanders

Professor Sanders’s research centers on questions of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Scandinavian Literature, with an emphasis on Danish Literature (especially H.C. Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, and Isak Dinesen). She also researches in literary history, romanticism, word & image studies, archaeology in art and literature, ethics and literature, affect and literature, and gender studies. In much of her research, Sanders has devoted attention to the ways in which material culture and visual representation intersect with literary culture. She has published numerous articles on the relationship between words and images, sculpture and death masks, material culture and literature, archaeology and modernity, romanticism, gender and aesthetics, art and ethics. Her work is featured in the History of Nordic Women’s Literature. She is currently working on a book-length study on the subject of Hans Christian Andersen’s material imagination and the lives of things in his work. Sanders is an elected member of Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. She serves on numerous editorial boards and is coeditor of volume 3 of A Comparative History of Nordic Literary Cultures.


Konturer: Skulptur- og dødsbilleder fra Guldalderlitteraturen. [Contours: Sculture and Death Images from the Golden Age Literature] Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1997. 269 pages.

Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination. Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 344 pages. (Paperback edition, Chicago, London, 2012).


Jonas Wellendorf

Professor Wellendorf’s research focuses on questions concerning the interface between the vernacular Old Norse literature and the Latin tradition. He is particularly interested in learned literature, broadly defined, mythography, the skaldic poetry of the Old Norse renaissance around 1200, and Old Norse treatises on grammar and poetics. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on vision literature and has also published on runes, The saga of king Sverrir (and Saxo Grammaticus), the Icelandic bishops’ chronicle Hungrvaka, the Icelandic Book of Settlements, Old Norse cosmology, hagiography, idolatry, mythology, and many other subjects. Common to these diverse studies is that the Old Norse texts are studied against the backdrop of a wider classical and medieval Latin tradition. Wellendorf’s current book project Gods and Humans in Medieval Scandinavia: Retying the Bonds examines the changing understandings of pre-Christian Scandinavian myth and religion in the period ca. 1200–ca. 1700.

Many of Professor Wellendorf’s publications can be read here.



Gods and Humans in Medieval Scandinavia: Retying the Bonds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming early 2018 

The Fourth Grammatical Treatise, ed. with Margaret Clunies Ross. London: The Viking Society, 2014 [download complete text].

Fjöld veit hon frœða: Utvalde arbeid av Else Mundal, ed. with Odd Einar Haugen and Bernt Øyvind Thorvaldsen. Bibliotheca Nordica 5. Oslo: Novus, 2012.

Kristelig visionslitteratur i norrøn tradition. Bibliotheca Nordica 2. Oslo: Novus, 2009.

Oral art forms and their passage into writing, ed. with Else Mundal. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2008.


Carol J. Clover

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.


Mark Sandberg

Professor Sandberg’s research centers on questions of comparative media history and late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century visual cultures, including the intermedial history of literature, recording technologies, museum display, theater, and silent film. Throughout his career he has developed research specialties in Norwegian literature and cultural history (especially Ibsen and Hamsun), Scandinavian film history, literary and film historiography, and international forms of current serial television. Throughout much of his research, Sandberg has devoted attention to the ways in which the experiences of readers and spectators have contributed to the discourses of visual and literary culture. He enjoys working with wide-ranging historical sources in order to explore the cultural context of films and literary texts. The book Ibsen’s Houses: Architectural Metaphor and the Modern Uncanny, springs from this approach and was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. His next book project concerns the connection between trauma discourse and popular forms of seriality in recent American television. Sandberg has served as President of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, and is currently President of the Ibsen Society of America. He is also a lead editor for the ICLA project, Nordic Literature: A Comparative History. He holds a joint appointment in UCB’s Department of Film and Media.


Living Pictures, Missing Persons: Mannequins, Museums, and Modernity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Ibsen’s Houses: Architectural Metaphor and the Modern Uncanny. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.