Getting Restless: Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction
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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Lee , a sophomore animal sciences major and former marine , first came to the
writing center at the start of fall semester explaining that he “ felt nervous ” about
his preparation for his first - year composition class . When I meet him for the first
Marines Don ' t Make Mistakes " : Writing " The Ultimate Test ” I can ' t do it -
describe the feeling when my plane went down ... Jacques Lacan , Ecrits At the
same time Lee tells me of his decision to reenter the Marine Corps , he also
decides to ...
He ' s in the bushes looking at the terrorist , and I suddenly saw him — not as just
a marine but as a man . And then I knew his name . ” With that naming and ,
especially , with the assignment of two names - Captain MacDonald and Ethan ...