On July 8, 2016: A Kate Chopin Symposium in Bremen, Germany

Gerri Chopin-Wendel speaks to the Kate Chopin symposium in Bremen, Germany, on July 8, 2016.
Gerri Chopin-Wendel speaks at the Kate Chopin symposium in Bremen, Germany, on July 8, 2016.

By the Editors of KateChopin.org

Dr. Heidi Podlasli-Labrenz organized a symposium, “More Than Just a Southern Writer,” held at Knoop’s Park / Kränholm in Bremen-St. Magnus, Germany, on July 8, 2016. It was the first Kate Chopin international conference held outside the United States.

You can read about the symposium in German.

The month, day, and location are significant because Kate Chopin visited the area on July 8, 1870, shortly after she arrived in Germany with her husband on their honeymoon voyage to Europe. The two visited Ludwig Knoop, a wealthy merchant of Bremen who at the time owned the property that is now a park. Podlasli-Labrenz notes that, according to an article in the 1890 New York Times, Knoop’s business had by that time become “among the most prominent cotton concerns of the world with branches in New York, Charleston, [and] New Orleans.”

Gerri Chopin-Wendel, one of Kate Chopin’s great-granddaughters, attended the symposium, as did Harriet Grace, a great-granddaughter of Ludwig Knoop. Gerri Chopin-Wendel lives near Los Angeles. Harriet Grace lives in London. The two met in Bremen for the first time.

Gerri Chopin-Wendel (on the left) and Harriet Grace at Knoop's Park in Bermen, Germany, on July 8, 2016.
Gerri Chopin-Wendel (on the left) and Harriet Grace at Knoop’s Park in Bermen, Germany, on July 8, 2016.

The one-day international symposium featured presentations and discussions (mostly in English) with scholars from Germany, Spain, and the United States.


Heidi Podlasli-Labrenz, who organized the symposium with the Knoop’s Park Foundation, is the editor of this website’s page focused on translations of Kate Chopin’s Work into German, and books, articles, and educational resources about her work published in Germany.

You can read the PDF announcement or contact Heidi Podlasli-Labrenz.

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Über Kate Chopin, Ludwig Knoop, Literatur und Baumwolle

Vorträge und Diskussionen (dt./engl.) auf Kränholm am Knoops Park in Bremen‐St. Magnus

Freitag, den 8. Juli 2016

Knoop's Park in Bremen, Germany
Knoop’s Park in Bremen, Germany.

Gerri Chopin‐Wendel, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Prof. Dr. (em.) Dittmar Dahlmann, Rheinische Friedrich‐Wilhelms‐Universität, Bonn
Prof. Dr. (em.) Bernard Koloski, Mansfield University, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Prof. Dr. Eulalia Pinero Gil, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spanien
Dr. Heidi Podlasli‐Labrenz, Bremen

Dr. Heidi Podlasli‐Labrenz E‐Mail: podlasli@uni‐bremen.de