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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I worry that he won ' t find the time and desire for such writing , and I worry that he
' ll be pulled increasingly across campus to Military Hall , toward Sergeant Blank ,
away from his impulses to reflect and question , away from the influence of the ...
But this real - tight bond , Copjec writes , is also the result of a misreading of
Lacan and , in particular , the familiar Lacanian aphorism , “ Desire is the desire
of the Other ” ( Copjec 1989 , p . 238 ) . In this misreading — one exemplified not
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aid this student and also to locate the trouble in him , in his " procrastination ” ...