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Losing the Dead: Public Lecture by Lisa Appignanesi

04 July 2014, 12:00 am


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4 July 2014
Writer, novelist and former English PEN president Lisa Appignanesi on memory, forgetting and histories in Poland during WWII. Includes a film screening.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Gustave Tuck LT
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT


Losing the Dead: Hauntings and Revisitings across the Generations

In her acclaimed memoir, Losing the Dead, and again in her novel The Memory Man Lisa Appignanesi excavates the terrain of family memory in Poland during World War 2. The mists and fetishizings of personal memory through time are counterpointed here with shifting 'official' histories and what may sometimes be the virtues of forgetting. She discusses memory and forgetting through family life, reads from her work and shows Ex Memoriam, a prize winning film by director Josh Appignanesi, which forages in the same terrain of family memory. 

Lisa Appignanesi OBE is a prize-winning writer, novelist, broadcaster and cultural commentator. A Visiting Professor at King's College London, she is former President of the campaigning writers association, English PEN, and Chair of London's Freud Museum. 

For more information about this event please contact j.wagner@ucl.ac.uk or c.wienand@ucl.ac.uk