W. B. Yeats
I'm Vahid Norouzalibeik, an Iranian M.A. graduate of English Language & Literature,
Ralph Waldo Emerson believes, "Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine," so I've always tried to be a serious and devoted student during all my courses to let the sun rise and all my devoted work in the field of English and American Literature has been appreciated by many of my professors, and those who are interested in Literature, deep reflection and especially in answerless questions.
I've written Short Stories (both in Farsi and English), Essays and Criticism on Meaning, The Text, the Nature of Art which always challenges our self-understanding, . . . I’m currently writing my Master’s thesis on Beckett, my favorite writer.
Whenever I feel the metaphysical anguish at the absurdity of the human condition, I ask myself 'To whom shall I tell my grief?' And I'm answered : 'To your pen and paper.' I do my best to think and write as much as I can ... We are trapped in the prison house of language forever ...
Walter Benjamin believes : "Nothing is poorer than a truth expressed as it was thought. Committed to writing in such cases, it is not even a bad photograph. Truth wants to be startled abruptly, at one stroke, from her self-immersion, whether by uproar, music or cries for help."
Maybe I have nothing else in this world to do but to find my purpose of being-in-the-world after I’ve been thrown into it. My way of living should remind others of their own and show them that we do not see things as they are ... but we do see them as we are ...
As I'm very much fond of Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-89), and his mysterious purgatory world of disintegration, silence and disappearance, and all his creativity to attack language as the best way to defend it. He has depicted masterfully how being an artist is to fail and how form accommodates the mess, and how difficult it seems to talk about nothingness. I have written my master's thesis on Beckett's often overlooked Texts for Nothing in which I've looked for some poststructuralist concepts and themes.
I've also translated Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot", and some of his short pieces, into Farsi. They have been published, although “each word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness”. I've been trying my best to feel how, as Derrida believes, Beckett's works make the limits of our language tremble. Beckett's writings, according to Derrida, make the latter feel very much close to the former.
The (im)possibility of literature and silence, as both desired and impossible to achieve, is what I've always been after.
Having chosen a road less travelled by, I have been facing many obstacles while going on. The way has magically been paved ...
Gabriel G. Marquez, in his final farewell says:
"I have learned that a man only has the right to look down on another man when it is to help him stand up."
I do not consider myself a great man, but I have always had Fyodor Dostoevsky's quote in my mind that : "Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth."
I spend most of my time on reading and writing, thinking about different concepts such as Literature and where it is going, the philosophy of Art & Literature, trying to imply what I’ve grasped in my writings, too, because it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
concentrating on my goals, which I hope to be high and noble ones, because, as
I do hope to continue my way successfully, by always attempting the great and the impossible, in the chaotic worlds made by words, and continue to make. Even, I believe, we give meaning to words, or want them to give meaning to us. Once these mysterious elements get together, ruins become the true refuge.
Since our mind is like a parachute and it only saves us when it's open, I've always been after the ideas of scholars, and men of thought,
quite seriously . . . Among them are:
Blanchot, Saussure, Barthes, Eco, Iser, Bakhtin, Jakobson, Russian Formalists, Althusser, Peirce, E. Anderson, Derrida, de Man, Foucault, Kristeva, Lacan, Levi-Strauss, Culler, J. H. Miller, J. D. Caputo, Cixous, Jakobson, Frye, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, P. Lawley, T. Morris, G. Martin, M. H. Abrams, L. Lipking, M. Nakell & Rebecca, Blau, Heniford, A. Petty, N. Kutty, M. Perloff, G. Bruns, S. Brienza, C. Glenn, Livio Dobrez, and my exceptional master R. Palmer who is great and great and changed my being into a meaningful one.
My marvellous wife, the true friend and the best companion, an exquisite and patient spouse, Sh. Sarikhani ... Among my professors, Dr. J. Sokhanvar, the unique man of insight, is, and continues to be, of a certain importance and inspiration to me ... Dr. P. Maftoon, the unique scholar who taught me how to know I can rather than think I do ... the very hard work, in all sleepless nights, which has been put into this website, and which connotes each word on it, is dedicated to them and to Dr. Nojumian & Dr. Ahmadzadeh, who are my exquisite scholar friends and I’ve been honored by being an assistant to the former for some time now ... Dr. Deedari, Dr. Soheil, Dr. Maysami, to whom I feel always indebted and they are of those rare people who walk in the rain rather than just get wet.
My professors at the B.A. level, A. Sarmadi, Y. Khoshraftar, D. Behrouz and R. Guitoo who planted the seed and showed me how to do things
with words in words by words. I learnt a lot from them.
Let's read this motivating quote by e.e. cummings and enjoy :
"to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting."
Let's go beyond the superficial concepts ... let's start a new life just from now ... a life in which appearance is really deceiving ... let's be born again right now ... let's start the journey into ourselves and go as deeply as possible since there is nothing to be done except this ... Nothing is ever going to happen unless we make it now. Let's go ...