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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As composition takes “ the social turn , ” Trimbur writes , teachers and
researchers no longer locate their interests and questions in “ students ' reading
and writing processes , ” but instead in " the cultural politics of literacy ” ( p . 109 )
. With this ...
( It ' s Flower and Hayes , I realize , who first showed me what I could learn about
my classrooms through writing and reflecting on case studies ; Elbow continues
to invite me to turn off the computer screen as I draft . ) Investigating the borders ...
Near the end of Writing Students , Helmers argues that composition ' s recent turn
to narrative and personal - voice forms of research are an “ anti - intellectual
gesture ” ( p . 148 ) . Like Freud in his construction of antagonistic colleagues in ...