Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi

(born in 1946) is an award-winning British-Canadian writer and film producer. Born in Łódź as Elżbieta Borensztejn, she grew up in Paris and Montreal. She told the difficult story of her Jewish family in her book Losing the Dead: A Family Memoir,(1991), which was nominated for the RBC Taylor Prize for best novel in the non-fiction category. She is Visiting Professor in the Department of English at King's College London, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, and a former President of the British PEN Club. In her books, she tackles diverse topics, including various aspects of history, psychology and femininity, as well as contemporary reality. She is an active advocate for freedom of speech. In 2013, she was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to literature. In Poland, she is particularly recognised for The Cabaret (1976) – a treatise on the history of this genre in Europe, and Freud’s Women (1992) – a joint work written together with John Forrester, a synthesis of Freud's views on the problem of gender and the essence of femininity in the process of psychoanalysis. She also wrote a biography of Simone de Beauvoir (2008), which was recognised by the French Minister of Culture. In her latest book Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors (2021) released in Poland by Wydawnictwo Marginesy, she presents the shocking stories of women, whose lives and emotions became the subject of research by doctors including Freud, Jung and Lacan. The novel offers a different perspective on mental health over the years and the role of women in the history of psychiatry.

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