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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her building to reexamine theirs.5 Like Martha, Jeri expressed frustration about
her failed attempts to put some of her ... Like Martha's students, Jeri said,
teachers in her building saw the team idea as a game she set up and that they
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For Martha, a potential space for questioning and revision was created through
the tension between her view of the uncontested, undisturbed good of reading
and Sue's disquieting story. In this space Martha could consider the "not-me" of ...
For instance, during Jeri's literacy event Martha wrote that it seemed "a shame" to
have three high schools in her area and yet no contact among the schools'
teachers. Two days later, Martha met for lunch with three teachers, one from her ...
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