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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Barbara DiBernard, who first introduced me to the writings of Minnie Bruce Pratt,
Audre Lorde, and many other activist, revisionary women writers. Kate Latterell,
Beth Boquet, and Peter Gray, who have brought me into their enlivening ...
Moments of disruption and danger point to what is illusory in our sense of unity, "
the limits of manners and custom," as Minnie Bruce Pratt (1991) writes, that "
embroider the surface of doom" unless we begin to look, to name, to pick at the ...
The essays of poet and lesbian activist Minnie Bruce Pratt (1991) also stress that
the work of crossing limits isn't the trivial and apolitical pursuit of an ivory-towered
class of writers, without consequence for the better or worse. In claiming her ...
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