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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At the heart of Chapter Four, "From Silence to Noise," a case study of my work
with a woman seeking to write about her experience with workplace sexual
harassment, is my struggle with the impulse to stress revision as management
This sense of readers leads her to write around this experience. She creates, with
sentences fused together, a kind of protective wall against the consequences she
knows can come from asserting, "I was sexually harassed." When she does ...
and others a particular ending, a particular outcome, or a place of nirvana where
Margie's writing will be done and where she and all women will no longer suffer
the experience of harassment. Instead, this list and her wording of it — from ...
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