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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Such a role is akin to the father for whom Adrienne Rich ( 1979 ) wrote her early
poetry - placing her , in turn , among the “ special women ” in literary history who
were tolerated by men “ as long as our words and actions didn ' t threaten their ...
In this sense , exile , or what Kristeva also calls the role of the “ stranger , ” is not
at all an escape . It ' s a means for one to write and act in the world rather than be
written and acted upon . It ' s an understanding of writing as activism . Here and ...
As this reading and glossing takes place I come to see my role in our relationship
as encouraging multiple readings , multiple ways of becoming strangers to that
socio - symbolic contract that would fix and limit her meanings . This role isn ' t an