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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The teaching and learning relationship is composed, then, by alienations as well
as by alliances as students and teachers begin to recognize and question that
network of languages and relations they also want to protect as their selves. More
Here Sydney articulates, I believe, the mode of academic learning advocated by
Kenneth Bruffee (1984), David Bartholomae (1985), and the early work of Patricia
Bizzell (1984): apprenticing herself to Jim and to me, studying and imitating our ...
These students' selections disrupt my assumptions about what should count as
learning and as good writing for this semester. They force me to address the gaps
and the mis-fits I experience as I read. They make me restless about evaluative ...
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