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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Identity meant showing my mastery of the conventions through stock phrases and
headlines : Mother , Son Charged in Landlord Stab Death . Daily I dreamed of
becoming an Edna Buchanon , who was then a police reporter for The Miami ...
As critical exile , the writing center can take Margie and me to the margins of
those conventions and ideas of order . There , rather than shrug off convention
and our genuine desire to make sense of things , we can form practices for ...
... assimilation , in which authority is gained through adopting and adapting to the
conventions of a particular discipline , and resistance , in which authority is
gained through writing against those conventions in a voice of continuous