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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Through writing and revising the fictional story about the marine , however , Lee
experienced the writing center as a place not ... There ' s also Marty , who came
to the writing center to write science fiction without the constant challenges of his
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
In an introductory fiction - writing class , the instructor says to me , “ Technically ,
your story is very good . Clear . Logical , Complete . Good details . ” He pauses . “
It ' s just that , ” He smiles , starts again . “ I think maybe you haven ' t found your ...