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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... acquiring the teacher's ways of talking and writing within an academic
discourse community: that discourse community ... "the normalizing function of
institutionalized discourse communities," "reifying the status quo and silencing
... and academic locations, these students voice some common concerns: How
do I find my way into this alien discourse? ... single-minded attention to one
particular discourse community (whether one is working to adapt to that
community or ...
... by social languages and communities deemed unintelligible within academe,
deemed "other" than academic discourse; the ... In this construction, intentions
are shaped by the community the writer wants to make his or her way into, and
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