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Definition of "ethos" (from American Heritage Dictionary):
The disposition, character, or attitude peculiar to a specific people, culture, or group that distinguishes it from other peoples or groups; fundamental values or spirit; mores.
Chaucer, from Ellsmere MS, Huntington Library
The Manciple from Cambridge University Library MS
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
English 112 Middle English Literature Spring 2002 Mr. Nelson TuTh 11:00-12:30 Tentative Reading Schedule Week 1 Tu Jan 22 Introduction Th 24 Lyrics I Week 2 Tu 29 Lyrics II Th 31 Lyrics II-III Week 3 Tu Feb 05 Second Shepherd's Play (Norton Anthology, p. 391) Th 07 Everyman (Norton Anthology, p. 445), Lyrics IX Week 4 Tu 12 Piers Plowman, Prologue, Passus I Th 14 Piers Plowman, Passus II-III Week 5 Tu 19 Piers Plowman, Passus IV-V Th 21 Piers Plowman, Passus VI, VII First Paper Due Week 6 Tu 26 Midterm Exam Th 28 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I Week 7 Tu Mar 05 GGK I Th 07 GGK II Week 8 Tu 12 GGK II Th 14 GGK III Week 9 Tu 19 GGK III-IV Th 21 GGK IV Week 10 Tu Apr 02 Lyrics VII-VIII Th 04 Pearl I-VI Week 11 Tu 09 Pearl VII-XIII Th 11 Pearl XIV-XX Lyrics IX SPRING RECESS 25-29 March Week 12 Tu 16 Malory, Morte Darthur 7.1-2 Th 18 Malory, Morte Darthur 7.3-5 Week 13 Tu Apr 23 Malory, Morte Darthur 8.1-3 Th 25 Malory, Morte Darthur 8.4 Week 14 Tu 30 Malory, Morte Darthur 8.5 Th May 02 Henryson, Testament of Cresseid Second Paper Due Week 15 Tu 07 Henryson, Testament of Cresseid Th 09 Review Week 16 Tu 14 Review, Exam Preparation Final Examination: Wednesday, 22 May, 8-11 a.m.
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Final grades will be calculated as follows (with reductions for excessive absences):
Quiz totals = 10% 2 papers @ 15% & 20% = 35% Midterm exam = 15% Final exam = 30% TOTAL = 100%
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