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FREN 314 Refinement, Politeness, and Social Behavior (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (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.