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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third factor can be found in interdisciplinary work, as the conventions,
assumptions, and goals of one discipline reveal and revise that of another. Le
Dceuff writes, for instance, that it's her work in feminist theory that's turned her
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The novels worked as potent and unpredictable determinants in the classroom, a
third factor breaking up the teacher-model/ student duality. Reading in this
classroom did not serve as any simple kind of "mirror." These novels didn't gratify
With her idea of the third factor, she disrupts the Lacanian dualistic conception of
transference and identification; she asks teachers to seek out, rather than shun (
fearing loss of authority, coherence, focus), third factors in their daily teaching ...
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