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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Through that idea of straying, philosopher and feminist theorist Michele Le Dceuff
(1991) offers us, I think, another narrative for understanding how identity,
authority, sense of voice, and sense of project can be formed. She can help us ...
How can one avoid sinking into the mire of common sense if not by becoming a
stranger to one's own country, language, sex and identity? Writing is impossible
without some kind of exile, (p. 298) For Kristeva exile doesn't mean retreat into a
"Anything we're not doing that you wish we would or something we could be
doing more of?" I'm fumbling about, trying to get at my sense that there's
something that could be and isn't in Rachel's writing for class or that could be and
isn't in the ...
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