Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi

English writer of Polish descent, university lecturer, film producer, Vice-President of the British PEN Club. She was born in 1946 in Łódź and grew up in Paris and Montreal. The complicated story of Appignanesi’s family, which survived the occupation in Poland during World War II and later emigrated to Canada, is told in her book Losing The Dead: A Family Memoir (nomination for the Charles Taylor Award for the best novel in the non-fiction category). She is a Vice-Director in the London Institute of Contemporary Arts and a doctor of comparative literature, recognised as an expert in the field of contemporary cultural phenomena. The author of treatises: Femininity and the Creative Imagination and The Language of Trust. She wrote a biography of Simon de Beauvoire (award of the French Ministry of Culture). Her two other books: The Cabaret, which describes the history of that genre in Europe, and Freud’s Women (with John Forrester) are also well-known in Poland. The latter refers to Freud’s relations with the most important women in his life, is a synthesis of his views of the question of gender, sex and the essence of womanhood in the psychoanalysis process. She is known for her radical, strongly leftist views of the freedom of speech. At the 2nd Conrad Festival, she took part in a meeting entitled: Atlas kobiet (The Atlas of Women) in the Pod Jaszczurkami Club.