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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But later, I see there's also a contradiction within the second paragraph that
indicates Lee isn't always able to keep these two selves separate: war, he says,
has taught him to "accept things as they are" and "never take things for granted.
Some of these stories will be about Captain MacDonald, he says, but some will
also be about a lance corporal — Lee's rank in the Marine Corps. As I listen, I feel
amazed that Lee was able to create a character like Captain Ethan MacDonald.
In general discussions about her writing Jaswant speaks with confidence and
enthusiasm about the cultural and familial sources for her stories. "When I first
took up fiction writing," she says, "my thoughts were 'Ha! Me sitting there
conjuring up ...
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