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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Once a divided self (such as a student having trouble with a paper) perceives
another person (such as a teacher) as an authority, as a Subject Supposed to
Know, transference has been established. Through dialogue she projects — or ...
Transference as Trap Still, I think writing teachers have good reason for resisting
a construction of the classroom as counseling session and accepting the
psychoanalytic concepts of transference and countertransference as an
That word transference, as the heart of the rhetorical act, can remind us that we,
like Freud, create our subject positions through identifying with some ["She is like
me. She would confirm what I am saying.") and repudiating others ("He is not me
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