Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (3 credits)
This class will attempt to define what makes refinement, politeness and the art of living one
of the major stereotypes when speaking about French culture. Through the literature and the
culture of seven centuries of French history, we will evaluate the importance of language from
1100 to 1800 in the creation of an ideal of social behavior and a sense of elegance.