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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words, the issue I see for students like Sydney, Daniel, and Rick isn't "How do we
facilitate learning through identification and imitation?" but rather "How do we
facilitate the recognition and revision of what we're identifying with, who we are ...
I see her working to identify herself as different from those who have reservations
about this class, as someone who has ... In this first entry there is one noticeable
break, a hint that Sydney's identification with the course, the reading, with me, ...
... as the heart of the rhetorical act, can remind us that we, like Freud, create our
subject positions through identifying with ... at all suit her, Freud accepting the
handing over of a Dora — and push against the limits I can identify in those tales.
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