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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choanalysis in writing classrooms, Ann Murphy (1989) argues that "a process
which seeks further to decenter ... Students in a basic writing classroom, she
writes, "arrive already so shattered and destabilized by the social and political
For me and for students in the composition and literature class, novelistic
discourse also became a means to probe, play with, and revise received models
for writing and acting in and beyond the classroom. The novels worked as potent
The team idea, Jeri said, was to be a way for teachers to intervene and work for
change in an entrenched and hierarchical educational system that has stripped
classroom teachers of voice and authority. "Until there's a revolution," Jeri said, ...
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