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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noticed their stories fusing into a larger story about curriculum and literacy
education" (p. 232). As a result, teachers leave such a project feeling, perhaps, "
more deeply and reflectively" themselves (p. 233), but also feeling more deeply "
In the literacy project, Jeri said, she hoped to observe a "literate" and "
cooperative" environment while exploring what she could do to "nurture" such an
environment in her school — and while considering, too, what she may be doing
to "block" ...
But in fact, the work of teachers in the literacy project can teach us, I believe, to
change the way we talk about literacy, whether in a summer course for K-12
teachers, a seminar for graduate teaching assistants, or an undergraduate
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