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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David Bartholomae's well-known words give me one way to make sense of the
pressures, struggles, and desires that underwrite the stories Kirsch retells in
Women Writing the Academy, that students tell me in the writing center, and that I
She says, "Maybe because I'm a woman, I'm so used to doing what people tell
me to do, and I always want that, almost need people to tell me what to do" (
Jaswant's emphasis). In her second semester in the writing center, she talks and
Recently a reader of these chapters observed that I tend to "tell stories" rather
than "make arguments." In a sense, I think that's true, though I would rephrase
that observation like this: my aim is to tell stories to disrupt my arguments, to talk
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