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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They offer me a way of reconsidering those oppositions between sharing and
shouting, practice and theory, story and argument — a way of considering how
critical literacy is fostered: through the creation of potential spaces. A potential
More, recognizing that this larger story couldn't be kept out of their school
hallways, staff rooms, and department meetings, they made an important move
toward considering the potential spaces they must continue to create for narrating
Winnicott (1971), a practicing psychotherapist, was particularly interested in child
development and how children negotiate with "external reality" through
constructing potential spaces. A child's blanket, for example, might be a potential
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