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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essays, along with: Is this really the story of revision Adrienne Rich describes?
What other possible stories have been suppressed in my oh-so-upbeat essays?
Those questions led me outward, toward considering composition's position
He writes about a whole series of short stories and essays he plans to create that
deal with the lives of contemporary marines. Some of these ... I guess it did.
Before Lee leaves, I hand him a copy of an essay by Tim O'Brien, a Vietnam
The terms writer-based and reader-based prose come from Linda Flower's (1979
) essay "Writer-Based Prose: A Cognitive Basis for Problems in Writing," and her
terms have given compositionists ways of thinking about the kind of audience for
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