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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Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction Nancy Welch. events and plan for the
next. Through these activities, the writing center as critical exile enables a student
to become a stranger to her words within an environment of activity and support.
Critical literacy, on the other hand, actively seeks to challenge institutional
structures and work for a society-wide redistribution of power through joining
literacy development to the development of critical consciousness. Through
programs of ...
79) Skepticism about critical literacy as the latest fashion is needed to ensure that
it keeps its political edge and is not neutralized by liberal ideology. But when
skepticism slips into pessimism, the tone of our work also neutralizes the concept
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