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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Far from it, her reading as a third factor turns us toward directly examining and
intervening in our relationship, toward the remodeling we both need to do.
Reading and Remodeling Until now Sydney has spoken in class and in her
Reading is a "good" and "positive" activity, and students are "apathetic" and show
a "lack of effort" when they do not enter enthusiastically into classroom reading,
wanting only to "escape" through reading "trash," if they read at all. Or society is ...
For Martha, a potential space for questioning and revision was created through
the tension between her view of the uncontested, undisturbed good of reading
and Sue's disquieting story. In this space Martha could consider the "not-me" of ...
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