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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Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction Nancy Welch. choanalysis in writing
classrooms, Ann Murphy (1989) argues that "a process which seeks further to
decenter [students] can be dangerous" (p. 180). Students in a basic writing
We need to seek third factors that will continually ask us new questions, reveal
our unexamined assumptions, disturb any sense of a stable model we embody,
point toward positions we can occupy other than that of flattery- and fealty-
She seeks a philosophy, then, that's rooted in relationships, in the work of
creating responsible and responsive relationships with others. 5. While many
practicing psychoanalysts and feminist revisionists of Freud and Lacan have
worked to ...
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