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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... psychology, but on social dynamics and asks her readers not to repeat the
dichotomy that divides feminists into competing groups. Jardine's reading helps
me read what's happening today in composition with "post- process" theorists
The work of these theorists is radical and deconstructive; it also acknowledges
that individuals need what Kristeva (1987) calls an "orienting faculty" if they are to
conceive of themselves if not as complete and autonomous subjects then at least
Winnicott's work is particularly attractive to feminist theorists, Jane Flax (1990)
writes, because unlike psychoanalytic theorist Jacques Lacan, who views the
gap between self and other as unbridgeable and castrating for women and men
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