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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For a moment , she looks at me as someone who is doing that work of
remodeling too . Remodeling and Revision The usual argument against writing
as therapy is that teachers aren ' t trained to respond to the problems and
tensions that arise ...
Do your revisions bog the story down ? ” Sydney shakes her head . “ I ' m not
Pecola [ in The Bluest Eye ) , ” she says , “ but we ' ve got these images that keep
us thinking we ' re total failures — unless we look at them , like Claudia taking the
Margie has also pushed against and changed entirely my early notions of what
her text ought to look like . When she says that she plans to draft her Women ' s
Week presentation over the weekend , I offer her only one suggestion - one that ...