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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs


An Intellectual Odyssey

by (author) Philip Resnick

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
May 2020
Personal Memoirs
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In writing Itineraries, Philip Resnick has focused on a number of influences and currents that have shaped his intellectual life. It begins with his early years, growing up Jewish in Montreal and his subsequent break with organized religion. This is followed by his encounters with nationalism - Québécois, Canadian, Catalan, and that of a number of other states with majority and minority nationalities within their borders. There is an ongoing commitment to and series of reflections on socialism and on the left. How poetry became his second calling is crucial in his intellectual development. He explores the challenges to democracy and its evolving fortunes from antiquity to our own day. The subject of Canadian identity - multinational, European-influenced, North American in character - is a major strand to the development of his thinking. Itineraries also offers meditations on key political developments over the past forty years and, in a more personal way, on the passage of time. In concluding this 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?

About the author

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. 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.

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