Through eight editions, this classic thematic anthology has been hailed for its exceptionally rich collection of essays, memoirs, stories, poems, plays, and fine art. Renowned for the quality of its selections, The Conscious Reader presents 170 pieces representing a range of genres: 29 personal reminiscences, 70 essays, 18 short stories, 42 poems, 2 plays, and 9 pieces of full-color art. Featuring a wide array of culturally diverse authors and fascinating topics, the readings also cover a broad range of academic disciplines, including art, cultural studies, education, psychology, philosophy, politics, science, technology, and environmental studies. The works range from the classical-Plato's Crito-to the contemporary-Maya Angelou, Roger Rosenblatt, and Tony Kushner. Brief, flexible apparatus includes an introduction to each theme and helpful headnotes, discussion questions, and writing assignments for each selection.Selections are grouped by genre-Personal Reminiscences, Essays, Fiction, Poetry, and Drama-under 10 universal themes that move students from questions about self-discovery and relationships to larger issues of culture, science, and technology and the goals of human freedom and dignity. Over half of the selections are non-fiction prose pieces-29 personal reminiscences and 70 essays-that range from personal to expository to argumentative writing. An alternate rhetorical table of contents makes this a flexible collection for any teaching approach. A detailed Instructor's Manual includes a discussion of every selection in the text.