Getting Restless: Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction
- Journal of Advanced Composition
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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Dora, Freud writes in that study, was "handed . . . over" to him by her father (p. ...
Dora's father, Freud learns, is involved in an affair with a friend of the family, Frau
K. Dora's father has urged his daughter's attentions toward Frau K.'s husband, ...
Or I can consider my transference with a figure like Dora's and ask: What's the
opposite case? What would it mean to write as if I am identified instead with
Freud? In a postscript to Dora Freud writes that transference in this case took him
That double narrative of consolation and critique is evident in Freud's study of
Dora. Freud's encounters with Dora are also a kind of dream, the writing of this
case about going to work on that dream. Freud's wish was to master Dora's
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