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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... to introduce you to Josh. Josh wants to make an appointment." I look at Josh,
who lingers in the doorway, one foot in the hall. "You want to get together and talk
about writing?" I ask Josh this question, not his professor, but she replies, "Yes.
As I read a draft of this essay to a friend who is a teacher of writing and also the
mother of two small children, she says at this point, "But isn't it true that care
motivated Dora's father to bring her to Freud, motivated Josh's teacher to bring
him to ...
At the end of my interactions with the student Josh, I'm struck by how little I know
about the answer to the question, "What would Josh say?" and by how little I
listened to him. Josh kept his appointment in the writing center that night, and he
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