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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... whom I work: one with whom I feel aligned, who resists and denounces the "
ugliness" of war, and one from whom I feel alienated, who speaks the be-all-that-
you-can-be discourse of gaining manly independence and maturity through
Novels and novelistic discourse, as Mary Ann Cain (1995) has examined through
the work of Bakhtin, don't serve as "passive ... Instead novels "talk back'" and "
provide a model of inquiry" into the worlds and discourses they re-present (pp.
In contrast, Cynthia Haynes-Burton (1994) argues that students often view the
tutorial as a site for resistant discourse, "a refusal of the classroom and the
dominant framework of meaning it represents" (p. 119). Haynes-Burton pursues
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