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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In collaborative and liberatory models of writing center pedagogy, students and
teachers are released (so the story goes) from the hierarchical constraints of the
classroom to join as co-collaborators for discussion, reflection, and writing.
threats to a teacher's personal and institutional identities: He doesn't need me;
she hasn't improved; I hear in this student's responses that I am not a good
teacher. The teaching and learning relationship is composed, then, by
alienations as ...
Writing center teachers and directors, Cynthia Haynes- Burton (1994) notes, are
often embroiled in "rhetorics of advocacy," ... Lynn Bloom's (1992) essay "
Teaching College English as Woman," for instance, can be read as an essay
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