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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( Margie ' s emphasis ) As Margie speaks , I hear some of the awkward ... Her
words , far from being polished , perfect , chiseled in stone , seem to work to invite
others to speak and to join Margie in this project of moving from silence to noise .
And so , just as the philosopher described by Le Dæuff , projects theoretical
incapacity onto others in order to create for himself or herself the authority to
speak , so does Max in his first draft follow his discipline ' s rituals for claiming the
right to ...
He ' ll also begin to speak of having “ followers . ” But he will not , or at least not in
what I ' ve found so far , ever speak of having colleagues . After his much -
discussed separation from Josef Breuer over his theory of the unconscious ,