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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... words, I'm guessing, might signal what Trimbur calls "an unwillingness to break
" with 1970s process pedagogies (p. ... as post-process theorists charge process
pedagogy with ignoring context, erasing social differences and social forces, ...
In collaborative and liberatory models of writing center pedagogy, students and
teachers are released (so the story goes) from the hierarchical constraints of the
classroom to join as co-collaborators for discussion, reflection, and writing.
"Pedagogy in Penumbra: Teaching, Writing, and Feminism in the Fiction
Workshop." In Colors of a Different Horse: Rethinking Creative Writing Theory
and Pedagogy. Edited by Wendy Bishop and Hans Ostrom. Urbana, IL: NCTE.
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