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 don ' t want to suggest , either , with that moment of reading in the school
cafeteria , that revision marks a neat turning point — “ And so I looked at the
world anew and changed my life ( for the better , of course ) ” — the kind of
epiphany that ' s ...
Through this narrative I don ' t want to suggest that novels alone work to remodel
a classroom . Currently I ' m teaching a writing class that focuses on the essay ,
with writers such as Minnie Bruce Pratt , Gloria Anzaldua , and June Jordan ...
ter teacher suggests that she start by free writing , she ' s skeptical . ... But with
these brief stories I don ' t want to suggest that Jaswant , Leslie , Max , and Donna
' s work in the writing center can be read as simple and enduring successes , as ...