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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Through writing and revising the fictional story about the marine, however, Lee
experienced the writing center as a ... Marty saw the center as a place where he
could construct an argument for the value of science fiction, giving him voice in
In this statement especially I hear Jaswant figuring a different role for herself than
that of choosing between the fiction workshop or Yunghi. In this role she can
pose questions ("Why are there three generations of women in this story?
What would happen in a fiction workshop if students and their teacher
investigated, examined, and revised the limits of cultural notions of who a fiction
writer or poet is and how he or she works? What would it mean to create such a
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