The Conscious Reader by Caroline F. ShrodesThe Conscious Reader by Caroline F. Shrodes

The Conscious Reader

byCaroline F. Shrodes, Michael F. Shugrue, Christian Matuschek

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This classic thematic anthology is widely admired for its exceptionally rich collection of essays, personal writing, fiction and poetry, and for its ground-breaking inclusion of classic and contemporary images.

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Title:The Conscious ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:776 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.9 inPublished:December 27, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205803288

ISBN - 13:9780205803286

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I.   READING IMAGES                                                        

Scott McCloud: The Language of Comics

E. M. Forster: Art for Art’s Sake                                     

Susan Sontag: Regarding the Pain of Others                   

**David Wall: It is and It Isn’t: Stereotypes, Advertising, and Narrative

Peggy Orenstein: What’s Wrong With Cinderella?            

**Chris Sullentrop: Transformers            

**Margaret Atwood: Pornography                                    

Color Art Portfolio


II. CONSCIOUS READING, INTELLIGENT WRITING                                       


Stephen King: On Writing                                               

Malcolm X: A Homemade Education                               

Flannery O’Connor: The Teaching of Literature


Personal Writing                                        

Virginia Woolf: The Angel in the House                           



Joseph Williams and Greg Colomb: Argument, Critical Thinking, and Rationality        

Patricia Kubis and Robert M. Howland: How to Develop a Good Style                             

**Martha Brockenbrough: Does IM Make U Dum?

**Katie Hafner: Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits

**Julie J.C.H. Ryan: Student Plagiarism in an Online World



**Henry David Thoreau: Reading



**Taylor Mali: The The Impotence of Proofreading




**Dan Quayle: Restoring Basic Values                            

Constance Matthiessen: Harry Potter and Divorce Among the  Muggles


Personal Writing                

Colin Powell: The Good Soldier

Judith Ortiz Cofer: Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood                                                

Mohandas K. Gandhi: My Faith in Nonviolence                

Jhumpa Lahiri: My Hyphenated Identity                            

Nancy Mairs: On Being a Cripple                        

Alfred Lubrano: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams                                         



Benoit Denizet-Lewis: Friends, “Friends with Benefits,” and the Benefits of the Local Mall        

Carson McCullers: Loneliness … an American Malady                                          



Kate Chopin: A Respectable Woman                              



 **Rudyard Kipling: If

T. S. Eliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock              

Anne Sexton, Her Kind                                                              

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 29,  Sonnet 116                   


IV. EDUCATION                                                                                        


**Samuel G. Freedman: New Class(room) War: Teacher versus Technology                                           

**Maggie Jackson: Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the  Coming Dark Age         


Personal Writing                                         

**Katha Pollitt: Summers of Our Discontent                    



**Plato: The Allegory of the Cave                  

**Earl Shorris: Education as a Weapon in the Hands of the   Restless Poor                           

**Drew Gilpin Faust: The University’s Crisis of Purpose    

Lewis Thomas: The Humanities and Science

Bruno Bettelheim: The Child’s Need for Magic                 



Anton Chekov: The Bet                                                  



Langston Hughes: Theme for English B                          


V.  POPULAR CULTURE                                                                                                 


**Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan: Why Vampires Never Die      

**Christine Seifert: Bite Me! (Or Don’t!): Twilight as Abstinence Porn


Personal Writing

**Michael Albernethy: Male-Bashing on TV                      

**Gloria Steinem: Wonder Woman



Steven Levy: Facebook Grows Up                                     

**Jay Weiner: How to Take Back Sports

**Sherry Turkle: Cuddling Up to Cyborg Babies                

Joe Woodard: Pumped, Pierced, Painted, and Pagan          

Eric Schlosser: Fast Food Nation                                      



Steven Moffat: “What I Did on My Christmas Holidays” By Sally Sparrow                                                  



John Lennon: Working Class Hero                                    


VI.       ART AND SOCIETY                                                           


Melissa Etheridge: Music as a Safe Haven                         

Marilyn Manson: Columbine: Who’s Fault is It?                  

**Charles Taylor: The Morality Police


            Personal Writing                                         

**Ludwig von Beethoven: The Helligenstadt Testament     

Glenn Kurtz: Practicing                                                    



**Andrea Frasier: Why I Would Rather Have a Day Job                

**George Orwell: Politics and the English Language         

Roger Ebert: Great Movies                                                

**Roger Rosenblatt: What’s That to Us?  

Pete Rojas: Bootleg Culture                                              



Willa Cather:The Sculptor’s Funeral                                  



Sonia Sanchez: A Poem for Ella Fitzgerald                        

Walt Whitman: Poets to Come




**David Smith: 2050, and Immortality is Within Our Grasp  

Paul Davies: How to Build a Time Machine                         


Personal Writing

**Tom Wolfe: One Giant Leap to Nowhere                       



Stephen Jay Gould: Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs                       

David Quammen: Was Darwin Wrong?                               

Nicholas Kristof: Warm, Warmer, Warmest                        

**James Howard Kunstler: The Long Emergency                          

Steve D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner: Freakenomics: The Hidden Side of Everything        



Alan Lightman: A Place Where Time Stands Still               



**Affonso Romano De’Sant Anna:Letter to the Dead        


VIII. FREEDOM AND HUMAN DIGNITY                                       


Anya Kamenetz: Generation Debt                      

**Barbara Ehrenreich: Selling in Minnesota                      


Personal Writing     

**Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail       



Thomas Jefferson: The Declaration of Independence    

                        The Declaration of the Rights of Man                                 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Coffin Mott: Seneca Falls Convention                                                      

Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address                        

William Faulkner: Nobel Prize Award Speech                     

Chief Seattle: Speech on the Signing of the Treaty  of Port Elliott, 1855                                                     

Cornel West: On Affirmative Action                                   

**Andrew Sullivan: A Conservative Case for Gay Marriage  

**Mary Gordon: A Moral Choice                                      



Edwidge Danticat: Breath, Eyes, Memory                                       



Reynolds Price: Tom, Dying of AIDS                                 

Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach                                           

Taha Muhammad Ali: Revenge                                          


IX. GLOBALISM, NATIONALISM, AND  CULTURAL IDENTITY                                                                  


**Barack Obama: A Lasting Peace

Anthony Shadid: Legacy of the Prophet                                      

Wesley Clark: The Next War

Howard Gardner: Leading Beyond the Nation-State             


Personal Writing     

Chris Hedges: The Ten Commandments in America          

**Salman Rushdie: Imagine There’s No Heaven               



**Peggy Noonan: The Case for Getting Off Base             

Niccolo Machiavelli: Of Cruelty and Clemency, and

Whether It Is Better to Be Loved or Feared              

Aung San Suu Kyi: Freedom from Fear                              

**Oscar Wilde: The Soul of Man Under Socialism            

Anna Quindlen: Immigration: Newcomers by Numbers        



Sherman Alexie: What You Pawn I Will Redeem                



Sarah Littlecrow-Russell: Apology to the Wasps                 

Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Est