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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Running counter to the tradition of revision as tidying up and cutting out (and
running counter to a claim that I am the only or the first to work against such a
tradition), Berthoffs questions promote the uses rather than the containment of
Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction Nancy Welch. chapter I ... In the
concluding chapter, "Toward an Excess-ive Theory of Revision," I orient myself
toward the future by returning to composition's dominant construction of revision
as the ...
tion's history and particularly its history of teaching revision as the containment,
rather than exploration, of dissonance. Likewise Mikhail Bakh- tin's (1968)
Rabelais and His World traces the ideological history of an emphasis on the text
as a ...
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