Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. In ITINERARIES, Philip Resnick focuses on the influences that have shaped his intellectual life. He begins with his early years, growing up Jewish in Montreal and his subsequent break with organized religion. He describes his encounters with nationalism—Québécois, Canadian, and that of a number of other states with majority and minority nationalities. He explores the changing fortunes of the left, ongoing challenges to democracy, and the many facets of Canadian identity. Itineraries also offers reflections on academic freedom, on a half dozen other countries where the author has ventured, and, in a more personal way, on the passage of time. In concluding his memoir, he asks the question that any of us looking back on our lives will have been prone to ask: What was it all about?
Philip Resnick began writing poetry in Montreal, stopping for a time when he embarked on an academic career at the University of British Columbia. His marriage to Andromache (Mahie), who was Greek, resulted in numerous stays in Thessaly, in the city of Volos, and in a village on adjacent Mount Pelion. These stays rekindled his poetic inspiration and resulted in the publication of a number of collections in the late 1970s and 1980s. Philip has continued to write ever since and has published numerous poems in magazines and journals, as well as a 2015 collection Footsteps of the Past and 2018 collection PASSAGEWAYS (Ronsdale Press). His most recent work is ITINERARIES: AN INTELECTUAL ODYSSEY (Ronsdale Press, 2020). As a political scientist at the University of British Columbia for over forty years until his retirement in 2013, Philip has published widely on political topics. He makes his home in Vancouver, British Columbia.Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN