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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Do your revisions bog the story down?" Sydney shakes her head. "I'm not Pecola
[in The Bluest Eye)," she says, "but we've got these images that keep us thinking
we're total failures — unless we look at them, like Claudia taking the doll apart.
Margie has also pushed against and changed entirely my early notions of what
her text ought to look like. When she says that she plans to draft her Women's
Week presentation over the weekend, I offer her only one suggestion — one that
They can teach us to look for literacy development not in the occupation of a
particular, stable position or in the claiming of a coherent, codifiable set of beliefs,
but rather in the imagining and carrying out of projects of revision: incomplete, ...
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