Wood, Donald Walter
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This thesis will focus on the concept of convivencia, or coexistence, in medieval Spanish society as it is presented in two poems from 14 and 15 centuries. These two poems, Poema de Yúçuf (edited by Ramón Menéndez Pidal) and Coplas de Yoçef (edited by Ignacio González Llubera) respectively, present two versions of the biblical story of Joseph based on the texts of the Qur’an and the Old Testament. The task of this thesis will be to determine the importance of this biblical patriarch-prophet as he is presented in works of poetry from the Middle Ages. The approach that will be applied to the analysis of these works is one which is used in the study of traditional religious texts according to the Jewish tradition: PaRDeS. In following this method of analysis, each of the poems will be examined from literal, theoretical, philosophical, and mystical viewpoints to draw conclusions as to the significance of the figure of Joseph in Muslim and Jewish literature of medieval Spain.