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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For example: Bonnie, a student, is working in the writing center on an assignment
for her history class.2 Having read Moll Flanders, Hard Times, and Cassandra,
she's to write a paper that examines the authors' representations of women and ...
Such a shift may also mean (to state the opposite case) that we've gotten smart in
composition, which doesn't mean wise, learning that writing about students —
bodies bent over desks, gripping pencils, flipping through Moll Flanders, and ...
Through glossing Bonnie can see, respond to, and work with the so-called "
personal" experiences and perceptions that shape her reading of Moll Flanders,
that shape how she's writing in response to it. To return to Haynes-Burton's
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