Jewish Poetry and Cultural Coexistence in Late Medieval Spain
Jewish Poetry and Cultural Coexistence in Late Medieval Spain
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Introduction Chapter One: The Birth of Castilian Cuaderna Vía Poetry Chapter Two: Early Jewish Cuaderna Vía Poetry Chapter Three: Sem Tob’s Proverbios Morales, the Epitome of Jewish Cuaderna Vía Poetry Chapter Four: The Legacy of Jewish Cuaderna Vía Poetry Conclusion Index

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"The book contributes to a better understanding of intercultural connections in the medieval world [...] It provides an approachable corpus of cuaderna vía Jewish poetry and constitutes a sound foundation for further work on this topic. Thus, it is a welcome addition to scholarship in the field of medieval poetry, Jewish and Spanish alike."
- Ayelet Oettinger, Speculum, Vol. 97, No. 4

Gregory B. Kaplan

Jewish Poetry and Cultural Coexistence in Late Medieval Spain

This book offers a groundbreaking perspective on Judeo-Christian coexistence in medieval Spain, in particular on the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), one of the most important pilgrimage routes in Europe. The author uncovers new evidence of Judeo-Christian cooperation in Castilian monasteries on the Camino. It reveals that a collaborative climate endured in these monasteries as demonstrated by the transmission of cuaderna vía poetry from Christians to Jews. The research focuses on poems written by Jews in Castilian (Spanish) during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries that illustrate a progressive mastery of cuaderna vía poetry, which is the product of interaction in monastic schools between Jews and Christian clerics who created and cultivated this Castilian poetic form.

Gregory B. Kaplan

Gregory B. Kaplan, PhD, is Professor of Spanish and Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Tennessee.