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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In this chapter I'll work to recover one chronicle of loss, violence, and compromise
, exploring the shifting and conflictual ... Through Lacan's analysis of revision as
located within relationships that promote both "trust" and "death-work," I'll ...
Even while our dialogues promise a means for understanding, they can also
expose our illusory sense of wholeness and lead us into death-work — the
dismantling of that fragile scaffolding of experiences, beliefs, and identifications
His work to adapt his life and his words to a single course of action, one proper
tone, ends with his lying in a coffin while ... While Lacan (1977a) defines death-
work as working one's way toward a "new truth" that is "always disturbing" (p. 169
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