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Beginning Again: The Boundaries of Self-Invention in Shimon Ballas’s Be-Guf Rishon

From: a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
Volume 28, Number 1, Summer 2013
pp. 2-35 | 10.1353/abs.2013.0001



This article considers Shimon Ballas’ 2009 autobiography Be-Guf Rishon in light of theories of selfhood in diaspora and border-crossings. It argues that the text’s hybrid stance and multiple ruptures are articulated through a language of beginnings, and as such, this analysis engages theories of beginnings and origins in narrative.