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Johnston, William 1955-

Works: 5 works in 32 publications in 2 languages and 2,150 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV6535.J33, 364.15230952135
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Most widely held works by William Johnston
Geisha, harlot, strangler, star : a woman, sex, and morality in modern Japan by William Johnston( )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In May 1936, Abe Sada committed the most notorious crime in twentieth-century Japan - the murder and emasculation of her lover. What made her do it? And why was she found guilty of murder yet sentenced to only six years in prison? Why have this woman and her crime remained so famous for so long, and what does her fame have to say about attitudes toward sex and sexuality in modern Japan?" "Despite Abe Sada's notoriety and the depictions of her in film and fiction (notably in the classic in the Realm of the Senses), until now, there have been no books written in English that examine her life and the forces that pushed her to commit the crime. Along with a detailed account of Sada's personal history, the events leading up to the murder, and its aftermath, this book contains transcripts of the police interrogations after her arrest - one of the few existing first-person records of a woman who worked in the Japanese sex industry during the 1920s and 1930s - as well as a memoir by the judge and police records." "Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star steps beyond the simplistic view of Abe Sada as a sexual deviate or hysterical woman to reveal a survivor of rape, a career as a geisha and a prostitute, and a prison sentence for murder. Sada endured discrimination and hounding by paparazzi until her disappearance in 1970. Her story illustrates a historical collision of social and sexual values - those of the samurai class and imported from Victorian Europe against those of urban and rural Japanese peasants."--BOOK JACKET
The modern epidemic : a history of tuberculosis in Japan by William Johnston( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through a historical and comparative analysis of modern Japan's epidemic of tuberculosis, William Johnston illuminates a major but relatively unexamined facet of Japanese social and cultural history: the history of the tuberculosis epidemic. He utilizes a broad range of sources, including medical journals and monographs, archaeological evidence, literary works, ethnographic data, and legal and government documents to reveal how this and similar epidemics have been the result of social changes that accompanied the process of modernization
From feudal fishing villagers to an archipelago's peoples : the historiographical journey of Amino Yoshihiko by William Johnston( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amerika no Nihongaku kyōiku : riberaru ātsu karejji ni okeru Nihon imēji no saisei = Japanese studies at liberal arts colleges( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geisha, harlot, strangler, star : a woman, sex, and morality in modern Japan William Johnston by William Johnston( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abe, Sada, -- 1905-
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Geisha, harlot, strangler, star : a woman, sex, and morality in modern Japan