Getting Restless: Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction

Getting Restless: Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction

by Nancy Welch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0867094001

ISBN-13: 9780867094008

Pub. Date: 03/17/1997

Publisher: Heinemann

    [This book] is a must for those committed to voicing the personal conflicts writers experience and to turning those confusing and sometimes dismaying moments into productive sites for questioning textual relations.

    - Journal of Advanced Composition

In Getting Restless, Nancy Welch calls for a reconception of what we mean by "revision,"

Overview

    [This book] is a must for those committed to voicing the personal conflicts writers experience and to turning those confusing and sometimes dismaying moments into productive sites for questioning textual relations.

    - 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:

  • to show how composition teachers can create for themselves and for their students environments that encourage and support revision as restlessness and as a process of intervening in a first draft's thoroughly social meanings and identifications
  • to demonstrate how composition's process legacy is revitalized when we understand that our means to form and change communities- to form and change constructions of authority—are located in revision.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780867094008
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
03/17/1997
Series:
Crosscurrents Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Getting Restless: Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction

Collaborating with the Enemy

Revising a Writer's Identity

From Silence to Noise

Migrant Rationalities

Worlds in the Making: The Literary Project as Potential Space

Towards an Excess-ive Theory of Revision

Postscript: What's a Nice Girl like You Doing with a Guy like That? Or, Why Freud Keeps Showing Up in My Research

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