Dr. Joanna Drell
Associate Professor of History
I'm currently working on a book project, The Construction of Mediterranean Identity: the Kingdom of Southern Italy and Sicily, c. 1000-1300. I examine the various cultural and ethnic pieces that comprised the medieval multicultural Kingdom of southern Italy and Sicily (the 'Regno')--a place where Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Greeks, Latins, Lombards, Normans and Angevins commingled. The diverse ethnic circumstances in the Regno fostered complex interactions in which neither conqueror nor conquered--or perhaps better to say--neither new settlers nor indigenous peoples adopted simple or consistence approaches to coexistence. Cultural identity was peculiarly preserved: it was encouraged, manipulated, abandoned, according to need. This work grew out of my previous work on family strategies in the medieval Principality of Salerno. I continue to be interested in issues of family and gender in medieval Italy.
Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation (in collaboration with Dr. K. Jansen, Dr. Frances Andrews), University of Pennsylvania Press: forthcoming.
Kinship and Conquest: Family Strategies in the Principality of Salerno during the Norman Period, 1077-1194, Cornell University Press: June 2002.
"Cultural Syncretism and Ethnic Identity: The Norman "Conquest" of Southern Italy and Sicily," The Journal of Medieval History, XXV, No. 3, 1999, pp. 187-202.
"Family Structure in Salernitan Society," Salerno nel XII secolo: istituzioni, società, cultura, Paolo Delogu and Paolo Peduto ed., Centro Studi Salernitani "Raffaele Guariglia", 2004, pp. 103-118.
"The Aristocratic Family in Norman Southern Italy," in The Normans in Southern Italy, G. A. Loud, editor, Brill Publishers, 2002, pp. 97-113.
Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., Brown University
(804) 287-1992 (Fax)
Areas of ExpertiseMedieval Europe, Medieval/Renaissance Italy
Households, Family, and Gender in the Middle Ages
Medieval Southern Italy and Sicily