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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"[I]t is evident," Thomas Recchio (1991) writes, "that we all have to find ways to
function in a language [or languages] . . . that have already been configured" (p.
446). At the end of his essay on responding to student writing, Recchio suggests
literacy. According to Knoblauch, a teacher with a personal-growth
understanding is often an advocate of open classrooms, whole- language
learning, and personalized reading programs. He or she speaks "
compassionately on behalf of the ...
Jeri also joins up in class with Pam, who teaches in a Catholic elementary school
, to learn how Pam has set up her whole- language classroom, how other
teachers have responded to her revisions, and how she works to communicate
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