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Backlist features volumes Linguistics, German Expressionist Art, Cultural Conflict, Performance Theory and many more by a stable of remarkable scholars and writers including Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, Arthur Kornberg, Carlos Gagini and a host of others.

An Alle Künstler! War, Revolution, Weimar: German Expressionist Prints, Drawings, Posters, and Periodicals from The Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation

Ida Katherine Rigby

foreword Earl A. Powell, III
ISBN: 0-916304-62-0
Paper / Pages: 118 / $18.75
second edition, corrected, 1987
first edition 1983

The anguish, frustration, and desperate experimentation which characterized German society in the wake of its bitter defeat in World War I and during the ensuing revolution are nowhere more apparent than in the graphic posters, prints, and book and periodical illustrations produced by the German Expressionist artists who, between 1918 and 1922, joined the effort to reshape society. In a scholarly and sympathetic study enhanced by over 100 illustrations, art historian Ida Rigby analyzes these artists' attempts to integrate art into the movement for social reform, and their eventual disillusioned withdrawal into realism. Although such well known artists as Kàuathe Kollwitz, George Grosz, (a sample of Grosz work appears opposite, click to enlarge) and Otto Dix are given full consideration, an important feature of this book is the attention it pays to the minor figures who, many argue, were the most characteristic representatives of the Expressionist movement. Originally published in 1987.


Trilingual Education: Sign Language, Spanish, English
by Kathee M. Christensen and C. Ben Christensen
ISBN: 0-916304-70-1
Paper / Pages: 72 / $16.25

Using a series of clear exercises and diagrams, this manual provides a basic tool for interchange among users of three different languages: spoken English, spoken Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Perceiving and Telling: A Study of Iterative Discourse
Danièle Chatelain
ISBN 1-879691-52-3
paper, 202 pp.
US $17.50

Perceiving and Telling: A Study of Iterative Discourse is a comparatist study exploring verbal conventions that create the illusion of time, as well as of theories about how these conventions have operated in the works of various authors. In her introduction, Danièle Chatelain says, "Central to current theories of narratology is a persistent sense of the separation of space and time. In Gerald Prince's A Dictionary of Narratology (1987), the categories of narratology appear to have reached canonical status, and the separation between time and space seems encoded in them. Typically, Prince defines "description," as "the representation of objects, beings, situations, or (nonpurposeful, nonvolitional) happenings in their spatial rather than temporal existence, their topological rather than chronological functioning, their simultaneity rather than succession" (19). "Narration," on the other hand, is "a discourse representing one or more events," that is, temporal phenomena (57). What we have, then, are sets of binary oppositions, which inform everything from structural distinctions, such as narration versus description, down to the fundamental binary histoire (story) and récit (narrative). In terms of story versus narrative, the separation of space and time is in a sense built into the very terms in which that distinction is traditionally formulated. In Prince's Dictionary, "story" is the content of the narrative; it is a succession of events "with an emphasis on chronology" (91). On the other hand, "narrative"is the recounting of this chronology; it is a "structuration," that is, a mental spatialization of this presumed flow of events. Underlying modern theory of narrative, in fact, is both a separation of time and space (story = chronology; narrative = structuration), and a sense of rivalry between these two dimensions. The result, it seems, is a valorization of the latter over the former." In her study, Chatelain seeks to show how these dimensions exist on a "spacetime continuum." The book is provided with a glossary of terms. Danièle Chatelain is Professor of French at the University of Redlands, California.

Clash of Identities

Dipak K. Gupta
hardback, 70 pp.
US $20.00 Clash of Identities presents Dipak K. Gupta's research on issues surrounding prediction in the social sciences, specifically, forecasting outbreaks of political violence. Honored as San Diego State University's eleventh Distinguished Graduate Research Lecturer, Gupta explores ethnic nationalism, globalization, and the dimensions of reason and intuition in the complex processes of political prediction in a variety of contexts. This book features Gupta's public lecture "Clash of Identities," his colloquium "Can We Predict Humanitarian Crises?", the article "An Early Warning about Political Forecasts: Oracle to Academics," and a comprehensive listing of the author's previous publications. Dipak K. Gupta is Professor in San Diego State University's School of Public Administration and Urban Studies, and Co-Director of the University's Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution.

Adapting Activities for Therapeutic Recreation Service: Concepts and Applications
by Jesse Thomas Dixon
ISBN: 0-916304-48-5
Paper / Pages: 100 / $14.50

This book responds to a growing demand for practical devices which will enable disabled persons to participate in a full range of individual recreational services.

The Afterlife of Plays
by Jonathan Miller
ISBN: 1-879691-12-4
Cloth / Pages: 64 / $12.50

The author's Distinguished Graduate Research Lecture addresses the implications of repeated live performances for establishing a play's definitive text. Physician, author, stage producer, and director, Miller has produced twelve plays in the acclaimed BBC Shakespeare Series, directed six of them, and has directed at least a dozen opera productions for the English National and Frankfurt Opera Companies.

Beyond the Graying of America: Who Cares?
by E. Percil Stanford
ISBN: 1-879691-11-6
Cloth / Pages: 64 / $10.00 Illustrated

This title presents the author's University Research Lecture and a colloquium on the subject of social and cultural attitudes towards aging.

Coroebus Triumphs: The Alliance of Sport and the Arts
edited by Susan Bandy
ISBN: 0-916304-76-0
Paper / Pages: 304 / $18.75

During the summer of 1984, a collection of scholars, athletes, and artists convened in Coroebus's honor to celebrate the alliance of sport and the arts with the formation of the Sport Literature Association.

Four Trips to Antiquity: Adventures of an Artist in Maya Ruined Cities
by Everett Gee Jackson
ISBN: 1-879691-03-5 (limited, signed) (S) / Pages: 186 / $100.00
ISBN: 1-879691-04-3 / Cloth / $22.95 Illustrated

Four Trips to Antiquity narrates an artist's search through Central America for the space form which inheres in ancient Maya sculpture.

Goat Tails and Doodlebugs: A Journey toward Art
by Everett Gee Jackson
ISBN: 1-879691-18-3, cloth ($22.95)
ISBN: 1-879691-19-1 is limited edition, signed) $100.00

In this, his fourth book, Everett Gee Jackson recounts tales from his earliest memories through his youth and college years which reveal the gentle nudges that life gave him on the journey to his career as an artist and, especially, as a painter of the Mexican and Central American scene. Jackson was one of several distinguished American artists who worked in Mexico during the 1920s and 1930s. He was, for many years, chair of the Art Department at San Diego State University, and he founded the Latin American Committee of the San Diego Museum of Art.

Genetic Chemistry and the Future of Medicine
by Arthur Kornberg
ISBN: 0-916304-80-9
Paper / Paper: 54 / $9.50

This title presents Nobel Laureate Arthur Kornberg's formal San Diego State University Distinguished Graduate Research Lecture. It is followed by excerpts from a colloquium discussion and by a short bibliography.

In the Shadow of Man
by Jane Goodall
Paper / Pages: 72 / $12.50

San Diego State University's Fourth Distinguished Graduate Research Lecture, this title features the author's lecture, transcript of a colloquium, and a Goodall bibliography.

Looking Glass
edited by Clifford E. Trafzer
ISBN: 0-934931-06-2
Paper / Pages: 224 / $15.00

Looking Glass presents the best of contemporary American Indian writing. This unique collection comprises short fiction, criticism, and visuals. Among the authors presented here are Darryl Wilson, Joseph Bruchac, Greg Sarris, David Lucero, LeAnne Howe, Misha, Mourning Dove, Patricia Riley In-The-Woods, and Gerald Vizenor.

Luster of Jade: Poetry, Painting, and Music
by Catherine Yi-Yu Cho Woo
ISBN: 1-879691-10-8
Cloth / Pages: 80 / $30.00 Illustrated (36 color plates)

San Diego State University's seventh University Research Lecture, Luster of Jade presents a demonstration of the interconnections among three different art forms. 


Modular Approaches to the Study of the Mind
by Noam Chomsky
Cloth / Pages: 118 / $15.00

Noam Chomsky uses the historical background and nature of cognitive psychology to enable us to better understand several important problems of human thought and perception and the interrelationship of the body and the mind.

Mourning Dove's Stories
edited by Clifford E. Trafzer and Richard D. Scheuerman
ISBN: 0-934931-05-4
Paper / Pages: 118 / $10.00

Mourning Dove, an Okanagan Indian from the Pacific Northwest, was the first American Indian woman novelist. This is a book rich in culture, depicted by an unusual native woman who preserved and interpreted the oral tradition of her people in this moving and colorful account.

The New Immigration: A Challenge to American Society
by Nathan Glazer
ISBN: 0-916304-81-7
Paper / Pages: 110 / $12.50

The New Immigration examines the social and political implications of recent waves of immigration to the United States.

Reading in America: A Progress Report
by James E. Flood and Diane K. Lapp
ISBN: 1-879691-09-4
Cloth / Pages: 64 / $10.00

In their University Research Lecture, the authors examine the sources of reading behavior and set out a theory which accounts for the acquisition of reading skills.

Redemptions: A Costa Rican Novel
by Carlos Gagini; translated by E. Bradford Burns
ISBN: 0-916304-66-3
Cloth / Pages: 130 / $17.50

Set in and around San José during the first years of the twentieth century, Redemptions tells the story of the seduction and betrayal of a young Costa Rican woman by a North American entrepreneur.

Tod Sloan, by Himself
edited by John Dezikes; originally edited by A. Dick Luckman
ISBN: 0-916304-78-7
Paper / Pages: 204 / $14.50

Tod Sloan, a brash American jockey who pioneered a new style of riding, tells the story of turn-of-the-century racing from both sides of the Atlantic--an apology, an explanation, an effort at vindication, a final desperate appeal against his fate.

Toward a Comparative Structural Theory of the Arts
by David Ward-Steinman
ISBN: 0-916304-86-8
Paper / Pages: 212 / $14.50

The author's thesis that there are significant analogues among painting, music, and literature is explored in detail in this lavishly illustrated treatment. David Ward-Steinman has composed major works for orchestra, ballet, band, opera, oratorio, chamber, and voice.

The Utopian Vision: Seven Essays on the Quincentennial of Sir Thomas More
edited by E. D. S. Sullivan
ISBN: 0-916304-52-3
Paper / $18.75

The essays in this book provide a broad spread of perspectives on the ways the utopian vision has appeared, ranging from the "heavenly garden" of the ancient Near East, through Sir Thomas More's Utopia and the idealized societies of feminist science fiction, to the utopian/dystopian expressions of Kurt Vonnegut.

War Books: A Study in Historical Criticism
by Jean Norton Cru; edited and annotated by Ernest Marchand and Stanley J. Pincetl, Jr.
ISBN: 0-916304-22-1
Paper / Pages: 216 / $12.50

This publication marks the long overdue appearance in English of Jean Norton Cru's controversial classic on the nature of war, as told in the words of witnesses, the French soldiers in the trenches of World War I.

The Unfought War: Japan 1941-1942 OUT OF PRINT
by Alvin D. Cox
ISBN: 1-879691-06-X
Cloth / Pages: 65 / $27.50

The fifth in the University Research Lecture series, The Unfought War includes a lecture that explores the subject of oral history within the specific context of Japan's involvements in World War II.

The Unseen Elderly: A Study of Marginally Subsistent Hotel Dwellers
by J. Kevin Eckert  OUT OF PRINT
ISBN: 0-916304-47-7
Cloth / Pages: 244 / $37.50
ISBN: 0-916304-45-0

Both scholarly and intimate, The Unseen Elderly provides a fascinating study of elderly persons who live in the marginal social and economic environments of single-room occupancy hotels in America's inner cities.

Tijuana: History of a Mexican Metropolis
by T. D. Proffitt, III
ISBN: 0-916304-90-6
Paper / $34.50

This is the first book-length study of Tijuana in English in over a decade. It is an in-depth history which theorizes a symbiotic frontier-a frontier of mutually advantageous interdependence between two different socioeconomic and cultural urban centers: San Diego and Tijuana. Tijuana is studied not in isolation but within its geographic, social, and cultural contexts. Photographs.

Living Alone
by Robley Wilson, Jr.
ISBN: 0-931362-00-8
Paper / Pages: 126 / $5.00

This collection presents sixteen stories ranging in subject matter from the commonplaces of domestic and illicit togetherness to the mythologies of love and death in America.


British Activities in California and the Pacific Coast of North America to 1860: An Archival Calendar Guide
by Abraham Nasatir and Gary Monell
ISBN: 0-916304-85-X
Cloth / Pages: 1224 / $175.00 (oversize shipping)

This title provides the raw materials to put the story of English activities in California and the west coast of North America in a historical perspective. Letters are calendared in summary, precis, and verbatim form, with major topics highlighted.


Chant the Names of God: Music and Culture in Bhojpuri-Speaking India
by Edward O. Henry
ISBN: 0-916304-79-5
Paper / Pages: 322 / $19.75

In describing the main occasions of which music enhances cultural events such as weddings, births, and mother goddess worship, Chant the Names of God shows how music responds to its social and cultural contexts.