The Practice of Revision in Composition Studies

  • David HymanEmail author
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This chapter draws parallels between superhero revision and revision within composition theory. After examining Ezra Pound’s infamous revisions of Eliot’s The Waste Land, several key stages in the conceptualization of revision will be explored, from Aristotelian rhetoric’s lasting and influential notion of revision as error, to Donald Murray and other early Expressivists’ sense of revision as an act of creative discovery and its influence on early process writing, to the post-process critique of process writing’s failure to account for the contingent and constructed nature of revision as a social practice. This critique leads to speculations regarding what the practice of textual revision can look like in the wake of the shift away from revision as part of the writing process towards a view of revision as a stance of resisting or negotiating identity positions relative to cultural and institutional authority.


Revision Process writing Composition The Waste Land Peter Elbow David Bartholomae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishLehman College, CUNYBronxUSA

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