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ERIC Number: ED355542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 18
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Three Women Revise: What Morrison, Oates, and Tan Can Teach Our Students about Revision.
Bannister, Linda
In the act of revision a writer seeks what Joyce Carol Oates calls "points of invisibility": things not in the text that should be and things in the text that should not be. Composing process research on revision has articulated several aspects of the revising process, but study of creative writers' composing habits remains an under-utilized source of advice for student writers. Toni Morrison, Amy Tan and Oates, three writers whose revision stories are particularly convincing, speak of writing and writing practice in ways that composition theorists typically refer to as feminine. All three mention questions and answers, dialog, and connection as a means to discover what they want to say. So heavily do Morrison, Oates, and Tan rely on the dialogic exchange among text, character and reader, that they would perhaps be unable to write without it. The body of feminist theory that points at dialog, "connected knowing," and interrelationship as distinctly female ways of knowing reflects these writers' composing processes and also suggests a model of revision that creates opportunities for student writers to converse with their writing. This conversation-based heuristic asks a writer to read her text as dialog, to conflate writing, reading, and speaking, so that the text becomes newly visible and therefore changeable. Such a heuristic can be applied to a text as a whole, to the characters or ideas that live in that text, or to the text's intended audience. (A sample conversation-based heuristic handout is attached. (Contains 30 references.) (SAM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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