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FREN 514 Refinement, Politeness and Social Behavior (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (Second semester—even years/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.