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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Searching through my crate of clips, kept unopened in the backs of closets for the
past ten years, I know I'll find the story of the gun-toting dad, the girl whose body
totalled a truck, and even one with the headline Man Bites Dog; Gets Arrested.
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 ...
In an introductory fiction-writing class, the instructor says to me, "Technically, your
story is very good. Clear. Logical, Complete. Good details." He pauses. "It's just
that — " He smiles, starts again. "I think maybe you haven 't found your material ...
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