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Enslaved to Chocolate: Culture, Commerce and Gender in 17th Century France

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus East Gallery, Buell Hall

Talk by Domna Stanton

Domna Stanton explores the cult of chocolate introduced by Spanish-born queens into the court of Louis XIV and retraces its production through France's Atlantic slave trade and imperial rivalries. Her talk highlights the ambivalences that attended the medicalization and sexualization of chocolate as its consumption expanded into the city street.

Domna Stanton is a Distinguished Professor of French at CUNY Graduate School.  She is currently completing The Monarchy, The Nation and Its others: France in the Age of Louis XIVth. Her Dynamics of Gender in Early-Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing is also in press and expected by 2015.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Franaise and the Institute for Research in Women, Gender and Sexuality