Getting Restless: Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction
In Getting Restless, Nancy Welch calls for a reconception of what we mean by "revision," urging compositionists to rethink long-held beliefs about teacher-student relations and writing practices. Drawing primarily on feminist and psychoanalytic theories, she considers how revision can be redefined not as a process of increasing orientations toward a particular thesis or discourse community, but instead as a process of disorientation: an act of getting restless with received meanings, familiar relationships, and disciplinary or generic boundaries--a practice of intervening in the meanings and identifications of one's text and one's life.
Using ethnographic, case-study, and autobiographical research methods, Welch maintains two consistent aims throughout the study:
In achieving these ends Welch examines three academic sites: a campus writing center, undergraduate writing classrooms, and a summer workshop for K-12 teachers.
This book will appeal to a wide audience, including classroom and writing center teachers, historians and theorists in composition and rhetoric, feminist theorists, and those engaged in literacy studies, teacher education, and connections/tensions among teaching, writing, and psychoanalysis.
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From Resistance to Revision : Jaswant in the Writing Center Some might argue
that Max , already well versed in the conventions and values of his discipline ,
can easily afford to stray from the work of increasing orientation toward
We also dismiss Jaswant ' s fiction as having nothing to do with academic
research and with social critique , and we miss how foregrounded for her and
other “ creative writing ” students is that same crossroads between assimilation
Though English is Jaswant ' s first language , her first - semester writing center
teacher assumed that as an Asian woman she must not know the conventions of
written English and must be corrected . About the sentence , “ My mother said I '