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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As a third factor in the student-to-teacher or student-to-student relationship,
reading in the composition classroom can do ... Writing teachers, critics of writing-
as-therapy argue, aren't trained to anticipate and deal with the consequences of
Such pedagogies, in sum, set up writing teachers to repeat, rather than radically
revise, a fundamental limitation in both the models of Lacanian and ego
psychologies: the emphasis on individuals who must either be decentered or
She and others have introduced me instead to the idea of the writing center and
writing classroom as places where students and teachers listen to and intervene
in all the competing, contradictory, excessive offstage voices made present ...
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