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Carol J. Clover

Carol J. Clover (born July 31, 1940[1]) is an American professor of film studies, rhetoric language and Scandinavian mythology.[2] She has been widely published in her areas of expertise. Her 1992 book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film achieved popularity beyond academia,[3] [4] and she is credited with developing the "final girl" theory, within the book, which changed both popular and academic conceptions of gender in horror films.

Clover is a featured expert in the film S&Man, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006.[5] Her son is academic and poet Joshua Clover.



  • Old Norse Icelandic Literature: a critical guide, University of Toronto Press, in association with the Medieval Academy of America, reprinted 2005
  • Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, Princeton University Press, 1992 and the British Film Institute, 2004
  • The Medieval Saga, Cornell University Press, 1982


  • "God Bless Juries!" Refiguring American Film Genres History and Theory, ed. Nick Browne (University of California Press, 1998): 255-77.
  • "Law and the Order of Popular Culture," Law in the Domains of Culture, ed. Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns (University of Michigan Press, 1998): 97- 119.
  • "Judging Audiences: The Trial Movie." Film Studies, ed. Christine Gledhill and Linda Williams. (London: Arnold, 1998).
  • "Dancin’ in the Rain." Critical Inquiry, 21 (1995).
  • "Regardless of Sex: Men, Women, and Power in Early Northern Europe." Speculum: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Amnerica, 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. Press).
  • "Hildigunnr's Lament: Women in Bloodfeud." In 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).
  • "Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film," Representations, 20 (1987).

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  4. ^ Mark Holcomb (December 1, 2003). "Girl Afraid". Village Voice. Retrieved November 17, 2006. 
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