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 the first draft workshop Rick asked her what that meant and Sydney replied, "
You know. I don't want to bog down the draft with all that." Now, two months later,
Sydney pauses in her work on the fictional story to return to this draft. Using a ...
Rick writes this draft as part of his work toward recovery through a twelve-step
program, and he writes that this program and his draft are teaching him that "I can
and I must show my scars without shame," especially as he prepares for a career
"Is that history a part of what you're talking about in your draft?" I ask, and Moira
nods. "It should be, " she says. "It says why. It tells me why. " Something Missing,
Something Else When Moira, like Brandie, whose words began this chapter, ...
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