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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They are entering familiar tales about argument, authority, and academic
socialization from new critical directions, seeing with "fresh eyes" how we've
been led to imagine ourselves and our students so "we can begin to see and
name — and ...
As Lee reads these paragraphs aloud, I imagine him bouncing a hot potato from
one hand to the other. As his ally, I hope to help him position himself within this
conflict between the impervious military and the critical press. What I don't ...
and imagine answers she can venture toward ("there is a reason for it"). In this
role she can also imagine and try out possible answers to members of her fiction
workshop, drawing on authorities beyond the workshop's boundaries — and ...
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