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 ] t is evident , ” Thomas Recchio ( 1991 ) writes , “ that we all have to find ways
to function in a language ( or languages ) . . . that have already been configured ”
( p . 446 ) . At the end of his essay on responding to student writing , Recchio ...
One cannot argue , ” feminist psychoanalytic theorist Joan Copjec ( 1989 ) writes
, “ that the subject is constructed by language and then overlook the essential fact
of language ' s duplicity , that is , the fact that whatever it says can be denied ...
Through programs of critical literacy like those of Paulo Freire and Henry Giroux ,
participants come to see how language has been used to dominate , suppress ,
and pacify them , and they learn to claim language as a means to gain entry into