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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or "I feel just the same way" in the margins of a paper or book, I need to stop,
need to ask: What's creating this sense of gratification and familiarity? Whose
interests does it serve? What's being suppressed in the process? I want my
students to ...
My initial impulse is to ask clarifying questions: "Tell me what you mean by 'all of
a sudden'" or "Can you write about what happened during those few days before
you reported your coworker?" I'm confused and shut out by her writing.
To what extent do these practices, again in particular institutional contexts, work
to subvert such an ideal, pointing toward the excess-ive instead? • What would it
mean to alter the question, "How is this piece of writing finished?" into "What work
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