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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The next chapter, "Revising a Writer's Identity," carries on the idea of transference
but with this complication: Discussions so far among compositionists about
modeling, identification, and transference don't yet consider the dangers and
limits of ...
... Lillian Bridwell-Bowles, Richard Beach, Linda Flower and John Hayes, and
other compositionists who sought to understand just how and when writers revise
in their texts, what revision does, and how it can be encouraged in the classroom.
... Unblocking Sonja," in which the subject is as much Clark's teaching as it is
Weidenhaupt's writing (p. 3). And I think of those composition- ists who are
reconsidering some of our disciplinewide wishes and asking, "What's the
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