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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Some of these stories will be about Captain MacDonald , he says , but some will
also be about a lance corporal — Lee ' s rank in the Marine Corps . As I listen , I
feel amazed that Lee was able to create a character like Captain Ethan ...
In the end Max says he feels “ a responsibility ” toward his audience to do a more
“ straight ” presentation , deciding that theatrics probably aren ' t necessary . Even
so , though most of the glosses do not appear in his final presentation , this ...
When I first took up fiction writing , ” she says , “ my thoughts were ' Ha ! Me sitting
there conjuring up all these stories about things I don ' t even know about . ' That '
s what I thought until I started writing . ” Once she started writing her first story ...