Sweets & Femininity in Early Modern Spain, Women & the Confectionery Trade

Actions Panel

Sweets & Femininity in Early Modern Spain, Women & the Confectionery Trade

The presentation explores the multiple (and often ambiguous) associations between sweetness and femininity in early modern Spain.

When and where

Date and time

Location

Online

About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Portrayed as decadent candy-eaters, expert confectioner housewives and nuns, and dishonest street vendors, women were connected to sugary food in different ways in the early modern Spanish (17th to 18th centuries) imagery. The presentation explores the multiple (and often ambiguous) associations between sweetness and femininity in early modern Spain, in the period of growing consumption of sugar and enslavement. It also traces the stories of women of various social backgrounds who shaped the flourishing confectionery trade, despite the limits prescribed by social and institutional norms.

Dr. Marta Manzanares Mileo holds a PhD from the University of Barcelona, where she examined the confectionery trade in early modern Catalonia. After completing a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, she is currently a Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. While at Cambridge, she won the prestigious Sophie Coe Prize given at the 2022 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery which recognizes best writing in food history for her essay on this program’s subject.

Hosted by The Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois