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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Rather, Le Dceuff's (1989) unabashedly Utopian project is in transforming
philosophic discourse into practices of "nonhe- gemonic rationalism" that
recognize "the necessarily incomplete character of all theorization" and that
through "plural ...
practices and relationships for this kind of radical play. ... each other ways to
continue this work beyond the boundaries of five or sixteen weeks — into creative
living, into active membership in our cultures, into the lifelong practice of revision.
In composition's process legacy we can also find, I believe, practices of revision
and reflection that can guide students and teachers as they consider revision as
getting restless with a draft's initial meanings and representations, as seeking ...
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